Digital justice

Our researchers explore how technology is used in the enactment of crime, as well access to and administration of justice.  We focus particularly on the perpetration of domestic and sexual violence, hate crime, homicide and romance fraud.

Our research impacts

Ultimately we seek to understand and prevent technology-facilitated crime, and to protect and empower those impacted by crime.  Through our research we explore:

  • How technologies shape responses to crime, to improve the reporting of crime and access to justice
  • How victimisation is perceived and experienced, through a range of methodologies and digital devices (such as apps, sensors and smartphones)
  • How technology could reduce ‘fear of crime’ and its prevalence in the immediate environment
  • The use of apps, games and other online platforms for ‘virtual humanitarianism’, and the growing role of technology in facilitating political consumerism to address labour exploitation and human trafficking
  • Uses of technology by the State to administer justice (such as through body-worn video cameras and virtual reality) are also points of inquiry. 
  • The role of digital media and devices in promoting and facilitating political action, resistance, activism and advocacy on issues of social justice.
  • Uses of technology by the State to administer justice (such as through body-worn video cameras and virtual reality) are also points of inquiry. 

Our work provides insights into the effects of technology-facilitated crime on vulnerability, citizenship, digital inclusion and human rights. 

Theme leaders

 

  • Associate Professor Cassandra Cross

    Dr Cassandra Cross is currently a Senior Research Fellow, Cybersecurity Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). She also holds a position as an Associate Professor in the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology. Previously, she worked as a research/policy officer with the Queensland Police Service, where she commenced research on the...

  • Dr Bridget Harris

    Bridget is an interdisciplinary early career researcher and has published and presented her work in the areas of: intimate partner / domestic / family and sexual violence technology-facilitated violence, advocacy and justice administration in the context of intimate partner, domestic, family and sexual violence access to justice (including in regional,...

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