Research questions concern: How did the Internet become a social control mechanism? How is social control on the Internet carried out? Results of this research will allow recommendations with respect to the regulation of informal shaming sanctions. The study is based on criminological and legal approaches.
Department: Criminology Status of project: Completed Project duration: Project start: 2013
Project end: 2018
Today, various cases indicate that Internet and social media provide its users with new possibilities to exert informal social control upon others. The internet and social media have brought significant changes in the way informal social control is carried out and in particular in the way informal sanctions and punishments are imposed.
This study will focus on changes and the relationship between informal social control and social media (and the internet), analyze how online public shaming is carried out on and through the internet, assess its consequences and discuss the normative questions coming with these changes. The dissertation aims also at comparing online public shaming with other similar, and/or sometimes overlapping, phenomena, such as cyberbullying and cyber harassment, filling the gap in the existing literature in terms of Internet based mechanisms of informal social control, determining the reasons for participation of social media users in online social control, and providing an assessment of the efficiency of informal control on the internet in terms of prevention of crime.