WORKSHOP: Towards a Safer Information Society by Combating Cybercrime

Monday 22 November 14:00-17:30 room C3


Whereas the Internet offers huge opportunities for electronic commerce, it also opens doors for increased cyber-crime, which knows no national borders. Combating cyber-crime, is an issue that has been acquiring increasing international attention and debate in the information society context. The objective of this Workshop is to explore and elaborate on the various viewpoints and means of preventing and combating cyber-crime, for it may affect anyone, anytime, anywhere. It provides an opportunity to highlight new crimes, as they occur in everyday life, consequent risks and damages for users and socio-economic impact, ethical aspects, prevention mechanisms, new skills and technology and regulatory requirements. Combating cyber crime is a challenging operation with ethical, political, economical aspects that reflect to the development of legislation and technology. The speakers are high level experts, and have “hands-on” experience in preventing/combating effectively cyber-crime from their specific fields of action. The workshop has a twofold dimension and the key themes focus on:

a) Legal problems - their solutions & their limits, and the law enforcement perspective by specialised police: in the era of globalisation, the criminal laws in different States are not always “compatible” with each other. Concerns on combating cyber-crime are being voiced in international forums. In the field of substantive criminal law, discussions involve sensitive issues such as privacy, confidentiality, fraud, child pornography etc.. In the field of the procedural criminal law, the ongoing discussions involve sensitive issues like trans-border co-operation, interception, search, seizure, and preservation of data (stored/traffic), competent jurisdiction etc.

b) The existing and the future technological solutions & their limits: RTD has the potential to provide affordable and effective security and other trust-building technologies. So far, considerable achievements have been booked to this end, and ever more promising ones are expected in the near future (e.g. by endeavours of the IST Programme).

The speakers are high level experts participating in the on-going debates in the above mentioned international forums. They have long “hands-on” experience in combating computer-related crime, facing the various aspects of this complex issue from different sides, from different angles, and by different approaches. Notably, the speakers come from the industry, the law enforcement authorities, and the academic world.


Chairperson: George Papapavlou, Head of Unit, Internet-related Services, European Commission, Information Society Directorate-General

Ekkehart Kappler (D), Erster Kriminalhauptkommissar, Bundeskriminalamt

  • J.F.L.Roording (NL), Lawyer – co-author of the Computer crime bill pending before the Dutch Parliament) Ministry of Justice – The Hague (.doc, 42kb)
  • Michael Waidner (A), Manager Network Security and Cryptography, IBM Research Division – Zurich Research Laboratory (.pdf, 119kb)
  • Ian Walden (UK), Director of Computer Related Crime Research Center, University of Queen Mary & Westfield College (.ppt, 33kb)

Additional Information:

List of interesting links & links provided by the speakers


Anne Troye (Anne.Troye@cec.eu.int)
Kiveli Ringou (
Dominique Gonthier (

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