This research examines the individual perspective of group identities and group processes within online hacking communities affect the members at individual and group levels. The conflation between hackers and cybercriminals is a damaging and misleading inaccuracy, which risks alienating a capable and engaged community. From exploring these communities a deeper understanding of the social psychological online group processes will be gained. This information can inform general public awareness, international and domestic policy development (for both the internet and education), as well as helping ingroup and outgroup members understand potential influences in these communities.
Contacts: Helen Thackray, John McAlaney
Funders: Bournemouth University