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Symposium 2010

Proposal - Cybercrime, Cybersecurity and the Future of the Internet

The Challenge

In the past decade, advances in communications technologies and the “informatization” of society have converged as never before in human history. This has given rise to the industrialization of ...

In the past decade, advances in communications technologies and the “informatization” of society have converged as never before in human history. This has given rise to the industrialization of a type of crime where the commodity—personal information—moves far too quickly for conventional law enforcement methods to keep pace.

What is international crime? Ten years ago it was smuggling, drug trade and money laundering. But over the last ten years, we've seen an explosion of online crime. And online crime is always international because the internet has no borders.

Local law enforcement has limited resources and expertise to investigate online crime. The victims, police, prosecutors and judges rarely uncover the full scope of these crimes. Action against online criminals is too slow, the arrests are few and far between, and too often the penalties are very lenient, especially compared to real-world crimes.

That’s why I’m calling for the establishment of Internetpol – an online version of Interpol. Internetpol would be an international agency with the enforcement power to really target the organized crime that operates on the web. It would investigate the top of the crimeware food chain and bring to justice the people who are running the online crime syndicates.

Of course, establishing Internetpol would face a number of challenges. But if we don’t take action now, online crime will continue to grow stronger and will end up destroying the current model of Internet business, banking and commerce.

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