Cybercrime event

Wednesday 4 May 2011

Westminster Business School, Marylebone Road, London (opposite Baker Street Station, and Mme Tussauds). Room: HRM215. Tea/coffee/biscuits available. Directions from Security.

6:15pm - 8:00pm including questions.

Free. All welcome! Especially PG students.

Professor Frank Land, LSE and Professor Andy Phippen, Professor of Social Responsibility and Ethics in IT at Plymouth University.


IS research is driven by the notion that technological innovation is there to be used for the benefit of society where that may be expressed in Business School terms such as competitiveness and shareholder values, or in Sociotechnical terms such as improvements in the quality of working life.  

But we live in a complex universe.  And not all participants share these values. These include some of our most successful entrepreneurs and innovators.  They range from those operating on the dark side of society who would use the technology for ends which range from the criminal to the anti-social, to those operating in greyer areas, epitomised by the recent performances of Wikileaks.  

Of course, some would place Wikileaks firmly on the dark side for making publically available state secrets and would like to see its leaders hung drawn and quartered - or worse.  Others see Wikileaks as Knights in Shining Armour exposing to the public what rightly belongs to the public.

It is worth noting that some of the black arts of the cyberworld are now being copied by the establishment.  A good example is the attempt by the US  and Israel to slow progress on Iran’s nuclear ambitions by the successful insertion of a worm, Stuxnet, in Iranian software controlling their nuclear operations. 

By and large the activities of this alternative world of entrepreneurs and innovators, has played only a minor role in the IS research agenda.

Where it has surfaced it has been reactive in the sense that research has concentrated on finding ways to counter cyber crime, mainly by building protective mechanisms.  

Understanding the counter culture in way criminologists study the criminal world has not been part of the IS research agenda. Yet the impact and potential damage of using technology in this way is growing all the time and is regarded as a major threat.

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