Tech Center Hosts Symposium on Economic Crimes Today

Posted: October 12, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

As the role of technology in criminal activity is increasingly in the spotlight, the School of Law’s National Center for Technology and Law hosts the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s “Symposium on Federal Sentencing Policy for Economic Crimes and New Technology Offenses.” Members of the federal legal community will use the symposium, held Oct. 12 and 13 in Arlington I, as a forum to discuss the implications of changing technology on law enforcement and sentencing policy.

The symposium is cosponsored by the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Criminal Law Committee, the American Bar Association Criminal Law Committee, and the National White Collar Crime Center. Among the invited speakers are Attorney General Janet Reno, Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder, and FBI Director Louis Freeh. The keynote address is given by Norman Augustine, chairman of the executive committee of Lockheed Martin Corp. and former CEO and chairman of Lockheed Martin.

Some of the questions officials plan to tackle include the following: Does the use of new technology in connection with criminal activity warrant increased punishment? Does it change the magnitude of the harm to the victim? Does the use of new technology make detecting criminal activity more difficult, or easier? Does the availability of technology make certain crimes easier to commit? Are people who previously would not have been inclined to commit certain crimes now more likely to commit them?

Other topics to be discussed are hacking, viruses, computer forensics, privacy, intellectual property, consumer fraud via the Internet, identity theft, counterfeiting, and economic espionage.

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