Research Handbooks in Financial Law series
Edited by Barry Rider
Chapter 4: Internationalization of crime and technology
In the space of a generation, the landscape of communications has been transformed by the symbiotic combination of computers and the worldwide web. The computing power which allowed man to reach the moon in 1969 is now available on every university student’s laptop computer and to persons of virtually every social stratum. The egalitarian nature of twenty-first century technology has ensured that criminals also have the ability to harness its power and use it as a tool to commit crime. The anonymity of the internet and its sheer volume make crime detection ever more difficult. It is against this backdrop that the following pages offer some insight into the internationalization and interrelationship of crime and technology.In order to better understand these convergent and divergent issues, money laundering will be used as a case study of both the threat and the cure. To begin, however, a brief overview is required of both organized crime and the challenges of technology. Professor Barry Rider has described the characteristics of organized criminal activity, regardless of the illegal commodity involved.
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