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The "new" private security industry, the private policing of cyberspace and the regulatory questions

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This paper explores the growth of the ‘new’ private security industry and private policing arrangements, policing cyberspace. It argues there has been a significant change in policing which is equivalent to the ‘quiet revolution’ associated with private policing that Shearing and Stenning observed in the 1970s and 1980s, marking a ‘second quiet revolution’. The paper then explores some of the regulatory questions that arise from these changes, which have been largely ignored, to date, by scholars of policing and policy-makers making some clear recommendations for the future focus of them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-55
JournalJournal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
Issue number1
Early online date4 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020


  • The 'new' private security industry

    Rights statement: Mark Button, 'The “New” Private Security Industry, the Private Policing of Cyberspace and the Regulatory Questions'. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. DOI: 10.1177/1043986219890194. © The Author(s). All rights reserved.

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