Speaker: Caitlyn McGeer
Crime and Victimhood in a Digital Era
By dissolving traditional borders, cloaking offenders in a veil of anonymity, and expanding the scope of offending (e.g. facilitating access to multiple victims at once), the digital era foundationally transformed conceptions of crime and victimhood. In this talk, we will explore the impact that this has had on how we predict who is going to be vulnerable to crime and how police respond to crime. We will do so by analyzing cybercrime and human trafficking as case studies.
Caitlyn McGeer is completing a doctorate at the University of Oxford as a Commonwealth Scholar. Her research focuses on analyzing policing responses to modern slavery and the influence of Internet technologies there within. Beyond academia, her professional background centers on capacity building premised on securing welfare and rights protections. She has worked extensively on both local, national, and transnational-level projects, including ones in the UK, Canada, Guatemala, Ghana, and Ecuador, and has held senior management and front-line roles for a variety of non-governmental, governmental, and United Nations entities. In addition to her doctorate, Caitlyn currently leads on developing and implementing public sector monitoring and evaluation frameworks for a UK-based research company.