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>December 3, 1997
>U.S. Seeks Aid on High-Tech Crime
>Filed at 3:03 p.m. EST
>By The Associated Press
>WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Clinton administration is seeking
>cooperation from foreign law enforcers to fight pornography on the
>Internet and other high-tech crime.
>Attorney General Janet Reno announced a two-day conference of
>international authorities next week to devise interagency measures
>to locate criminals who use the Internet and other new
>technologies. The aim would be to ensure that cybercriminals can
>find no safe havens.
>"One of the greatest challenges we face in this area of law
>enforcement is to identify online predators ... in child
>pornography," Reno said Wednesday at a conference on making the
>Internet a safer place for America's children. "Current
>technology often allows these criminals to mask their location and
>their identity.
>"The rapid and global growth of the Internet raises a host of
>complex issues involving criminal law enforcement that expand
>beyond national boundaries."
>The Justice Department said next week's meeting, the first of its
>kind, begins Wednesday with justice and interior ministers from
>Britain, Germany, Japan, Italy, Canada, France and Russia
>"When we meet, we will be talking about methods to locate and
>identify computer criminals so we can bring them to justice,"
>Reno said.
>She said U.S. law enforcement that focuses on fighting child
>pornography and other crimes against children are making a
>Between 1992 and 1996 the Justice Department increased federal
>court filings by 162 percent against those suspected of dealing in
>Internet child pornography and by 263 percent filings against
>those transporting minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual
>activity, she said.
>The Justice Department cannot say how many crimes against
>children occur over the Internet because it does not break out
>those figures from overall statistics.
>Wednesday's announcement came a day after Vice President Al Gore
>announced a commitment from the online industry to report child
>pornography to law enforcement officials. The agreement to help
>enforce existing laws against child pornography involves industry
>groups covering 95 percent of home Internet users.
>Reno said the Justice Department is expanding its computer-
>training program to include joint training with industry
>representatives and local law enforcers.
>"Law enforcement needs to know all it can about developments in
>Internet technology and in the online market industry," she said.
>"More in-depth training will foster cooperation and ensure that
>all investigations of cybercrime aimed at children are conducted
>using the most advanced techniques possible."
>Reno also asked for continued cooperation in trying to enforce
>existing laws and to detect abuses against children as well as
>other criminal activities online.
>"Instead of getting frustrated and saying, 'That's just law
>enforcement. They don't understand our problems,' I (would)
>appreciate your picking up the phone and calling me or writing me
>a letter" identifying problems and suggesting solutions, she