Internet crimes: Can and should the Internet be regulated?
Lisa Dawn Clyburn, University of Alberta , Canada
Master of Education, University of Alberta . Awarded
The purpose of this study was to explore the growing challenge of Internet crime, including its prevalence, and the feasibility of regulating the Internet. Fifty-two school officials from Alberta school districts, twelve university respondents from various Canadian universities, and members of eleven police departments from across Canada completed surveys on the issue of concern. Descriptive statistics on the numerous questionnaire responses were employed to analyze the data. The findings of the study indicate that most schools and universities which participated in the study used some form of restricted access to the Internet, and enforced policies that they viewed as successful. Internet fraud was viewed as the most prevalent crime by the police departments surveyed and the most frequently investigated Internet crime. The police survey also revealed that most departments did not believe regulation of the Internet is feasible.
Self-regulation is likely the best option to limiting Internet crime. Education and increased awareness of Internet crime can also help. Legislation likely needs to be adapted to meet the increasing challenge of Internet crime. In addition, parents and teachers need to take safeguards towards keeping children safe from the dangers associated with Internet - based crime.
Clyburn, L.D. Internet crimes: Can and should the Internet be regulated?. Master of Education thesis, University of Alberta.
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