Generally, traditional crimes such as burglary and motor vehicle theft are declining in the liberal-democratic world. Although these facts would lead people to believe we’re safer, looking at crime through another lens paints a different picture; cyber-enabled crimes such as the sexual exploitation of children, human trafficking, fraud and terrorism are on the rise.
In this video, Neil Desai reflects on the realities of digitally enabled crime and the barriers that police agencies now face when investigating them. Technologies such as encryption, cloud computing, cryptocurrencies and the blockchain have all enabled criminals because they provide anonymity and extraterritoriality that outdated laws and technology don’t account for.
Desai concludes that both technological and legal tools must be updated for police and national security agencies to keep the public safe in the context of modern crime.