Featured Abstract from #CrimJustAsia17 Conference

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Next year, the Crime and Justice Research Centre will co-host the Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South International Conference with the Asian Criminological Society. The conference will be held in Cairns from 10-13 July 2017 and will feature international speakers:

  • Professor Rosemary Barberet;
  • Professor Jiahong Liu;
  • Professor John Braithwaite; and
  • Professor Raewyn Connell.

To showcase the diversity of topics that will be presented during the conference, each week the CJRC blog will feature an accepted abstract from a presenter.

This week’s featured abstract is authored by Dr Lennon Chang, Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University.

Featured abstract: 

“Cybercrime in ASEAN: An emerging market”

By Dr Lennon Chang

This research aims to examine the trends in and challenges of cybercrime in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. Among all the regions in the world, Asia has the most internet users. More than 55% of the world’s internet users, approximately 1.8 billion people, are located in Asia. The number of internet users in Asia has almost doubled since 2011 and is still increasing (Miniwatts Marketing Group, 2016). ASEAN countries  have contributed significantly to the increase in internet users in Asia. All ASEAN member states have had a dramatic increase in internet subscribers.

Although the ASEAN region is an emerging cybercrime market, there is limited research on cybercrime in ASEAN. What are the trends in and challenges of cybercrime in ASEAN? Are current conventions appropriate for ASEAN? What are the challenges faced by ASEAN countries when collaborating internationally against cybercrime?

This paper aims to answer these questions and to consider whether the strategies developed in the global north are relevant to ASEAN. This paper will will provide an overview of cybercrime trends in ASEAN, assess current measures adopted by ASEAN countries in combatting cybercrime, and make policy recommendations to strengthen those measures.

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