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The internet - is crime rampant and policing impossible?

Media Release

26 November 1997

The nature and extent of Internet crime will be examined at an important conference to be held 16-17 February 1998 at the University of Melbourne.

"We hear so many contradictory claims about crimes committed on the Internet" says AIC Director Dr Adam Graycar. "The opportunities are certainly there and when we consider some of the actual cases which have reached official attention, they show enormous ingenuity."

The Internet consists of more than 15 000 computer networks linked to over 175 countries. More than 170 000 companies do business on the Internet and almost 100 million electronic messages are sent each year.

Such an extensive communications system creates enormous possibilities for crime and formidable challenges for law enforcement.

Conducted by the Australian Institute of Criminology, this conference will look at how the Internet is being used for illegal activities and will identify solutions to prevent this.

Day 1 will examine crimes of Internet vandalism, terrorism, obscene and objectionable content, copyright infringement, and crimes involving funds transfer and on-line commerce.

Day 2 will look at solutions, including traditional crime prevention strategies, legal controls, market-based solutions and use of the technology itself.

The conference will attract the interest of computer security professionals, lawyers and regulators, telecommunications industry representatives, law enforcement personnel, crime prevention practitioners, finance industry representatives, government representatives, criminologists and social theorists, Internet users and on-line merchants.

Speakers include representatives from the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department, RAAF, Australian Broadcasting Authority, Australian Copyright Council, Australian Institute of Criminology, Blake Dawson Waldron, Australian Federal Police, University of Melbourne, Queensland University of Technology and Edith Cowan University.

The Australian Institute of Criminology is a unique national organisation, which aims to explore, describe and explain issues of public policy significant to crime prevention and criminal justice.

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