We live in a digital age. The proliferation of digital techlogy, and the convergence of computing and communication devices, has transformed the way in which we socialise and do business. While overwhelmingly positive, there has also been a dark side to these developments. Proving the maxim that crime follows opportunity, virtually every advance has been accompanied by a corresponding niche to be exploited for criminal purposes; so-called 'cybercrimes'. Whether it be fraud, child porgraphy, stalking, criminal copyright infringement or attacks on computers themselves, criminals will find ways to exploit new techlogy. The challenge for all countries is to ensure their criminal laws keep pace. The challenge is a global one, and much can be learned from the experience of other jurisdictions. Focusing on Australia, Canada, the UK and the US, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of the legal principles that apply to the prosecution of cybercrimes.
Dr Jonathan Clough is an Associate Professor and Director International in the Faculty of Law at Monash University, Victoria. He teaches and researches in the areas of criminal law and evidence, with a particular focus on corporate criminal liability and cybercrime.