Can we continue to effectively police digital crime?

Graeme Horsman

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    Now approximately 30 years old, the field of digital forensics is arguably facing some of its greatest challenges to date. Whilst currently supporting law enforcement in numerous criminal cases annually, questions are beginning to emerge regarding whether it can sustain this contribution, with digital crime remaining prevalent. In his first live interview in September 2015, Head of MI5, Andrew Parker indicated that individuals are now engaging in computing acts which are beyond the control of authorities, confirming earlier remarks made by British Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Such comments cast doubt on the future effectiveness of the digital forensic discipline and its ability to effectively investigate those who implement the latest forms of technology to carry out illicit acts. This article debates the controversial question, could we be facing an era where digital crime can no longer be effectively policed?

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)448-454
    Number of pages7
    JournalScience and Justice
    Issue number6
    Early online date8 Jun 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2017


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