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Information Society Project to Hold Cybercrime Conference

Yale Law School's Information Society Project will host "Digital Cops in a Virtual Environment," a conference on Cybercrime and Digital Law Enforcement, at Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, on March 26-28, 2004.

The conference will address the problem of cybercrime and the controversial issues of privacy and security it presents. The conference brings together policy makers, security experts, legal practitioners, and members of law enforcement to discuss how the most recent technological changes are facilitating new crimes, and debate the proper responses by law enforcement. Six panels will examine the most timely issues of cybercrime, bringing together representatives of the high-tech industry leaders such as Microsoft and Verisign, academics, civil libertarians, and activists. More than 150 participants are expected to attend.

During the three-day conference, panelists will move from a broad analysis of overall vulnerabilities in networked environments, to a focused examination of specific crimes such as identity theft, and law enforcement measures such as sophisticated surveillance mechanisms. The panels will address the new terrorism threat introduced since 9/11, but also discuss the variety of threats law enforcement is now facing, from computer viruses to pornography. Beyond specific threats and crimes, panels will examine how the online environment affects the various elements of the legal process, including prosecution, evidence, and punishment. Finally, the conference will conclude with a panel on "hacktivism"--the unique forms of social resistance that have arisen on the Internet.

The conference also features two keynote addresses. Keynote speaker Dan Geer will deliver an opening address on March 26 at 6:15 p.m. Geer is a leader in the field of network security for the financial industry and has testified before Congress on numerous occasions. He was one of the first to address security vulnerabilities that arise in markets dominated by monopolistic entities. Keynote speaker John Podesta will speak on March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Podesta is a former chief of staff to President Clinton, was responsible for directing, managing, and overseeing all policy development, and is an expert on privacy and security policy. He is currently president and CEO of the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., and a visiting professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center.

The Information Society Project is an intellectual center for the study of the implications of the Internet, telecommunications, and new information technologies on law and society.

Registration is free for Yale Law School students, faculty, and affiliates. Registration is also free for press and media with ID. Online registration for all others is $50. More information, including a complete conference agenda, is available online at