Certain forms of crime are particularly fostered or even created by digitisation. For example, one can think of data theft, one can think of hackers who try to break into systems and not only steal data but also cause damage, spread fake news or simply break a system. You can think of things like power outages that are intentional and can cause whole systems to break down, for example in hospitals or the whole traffic systems. In addition, there are of course forms of crime that are simply made easier by digitalisation. Just as we can all of course communicate more easily now, communicate faster, communicate anonymously, these forms of communication can also be of benefit to criminals. For example, for trafficking in human beings, for child pornography. All this can be done more easily in Darknet, for example.
PD Dr. Jessica Heesen
Head of the Research Unit Media Ethics and Information Technology at the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tübingen
Doctorate at the University of Stuttgart
Habilitation at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology with venia legendi in philosophy
Main areas of research: Social and technical philosophy, ethics, information, media and security ethics