Most of today’s young people use social media on a daily basis, often accessing various media like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram more times a day. Not only has social media led to new ways to communicate and to be social, but it has also led to an increase in youth’s digital risk and illegal behavior.
Among them bullying, sexting/sending of underage nude pictures, identity theft, and organizing violent activities like group fights. In this conference, we will look at digital crimes through a focus on online drug dealing. The way social media and various applications is used to deal and buy drugs is one of the emergent types of digital crimes within our society.
The conference is mainly based on findings from the project Nordic Drug Dealing on Social Media (NDDSM). In this project, we have collected information of online drug dealing across Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The aim of the project has been to identify how social media is being used to deal and buy illegal drugs, among them Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Wickr. The findings will be seen in a more general perspective of risky online behavior and youth behavior.
- Part I of the conference will include descriptive data from the study, starting with general information about the project and our methods before getting into national differences and how new markets are formed online.
- Part II will include theoretical aspects of social media dealing, where we focus on movements across the various markets and platforms, as well as how the required knowledge, or capital, is changing from street to digital.
- Part III is a panel discussion with representatives from all five countries, with focus on challenges and possibilities with crime prevention on social media. The panel will consist of social workers, crime prevention workers, activists etc.
It is a one-day conference taking place at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Sociology, building 35, room 35.01.06. The conference is free of charge and includes lunch. Online registration at our website, by September 15. Max. number of participants is 200. Parts of the conference will be streamed.
Associate Professor Jakob Demant at the University of Copenhagen runs the study, along with research assistant Silje Bakken (Uni. of Copenhagen). Professor Atte Oksanen (Uni. of Tampere), Professor Helgi Gunnlaugsson (Uni. of Iceland), and Professor Karin Bergmark (Uni. of Stockholm) were local project members. The project is financed by the Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology (NSfK).