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[FYI] (Fwd) huridocs-tech Interpol to police the Internet

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Date sent:      	Tue, 16 Nov 1999 09:56:09 -0500
From:           	Barry Steinhardt <Barrys@aclu.org>
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    WJIN News

    Interpol Urged to Stop Internet from Becoming "Wild West"

    SEOUL, Nov 8, (AFP) -- Interpol should seriously combat
    the wave of new crimes being committed in cyberpace, the
    head of Interpol urged Monday at a key meeting of
    international police chiefs here.

    "We should not make the Internet a Wild West," said
    Toshinori Kanemoto, president of Interpol after the
    opening of the 68th general assembly of the international
    law-enforcement agency in the South Korean capital.

    "This is one of the new types of crime which we have to
    defend (against) very much," Kanemoto said, adding that
    it would be "crucial" for law-enforcement authorities to
    cooperate with Internet-related industries.

    Nearly 900 police chiefs from 127 Interpol member
    countries are attending the five-day meeting.

    Raymond Kendall, secretary general of Interpol, warned
    that cyberspace has become a hotbed of crime.

    "Every terrorist organization has its own internet web
    site" to propagate it, recruit manpower, purchase
    firearms and even sell children for sexual purposes,
    Kendall said.

    South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung backed the call for a
    crackdown on cyber crime.

    "I hope Interpol will come up with effective ways to root
    out computer crimes," he said in a speech read out by
    Prime Minister Kim Jong-Pil.

    "In cyberspace, serious sophisticated crimes like
    swindling, embezzlement and money laundering are being
    committed all the time and often traces are covered up or
    erased instantly, making the police unable to track

    High on the meeting's agenda will be how to tackle
    increasingly sophisticated global crimes, including
    illegal trafficking of drugs, cultural artifacts and even
    humans, the organizers said.

    Delegates are expected to adopt a declaration calling for
    greater cooperation worldwide in fighting global crimes,
    they added.

    Interpol, the successor to the International Criminal
    Police Commission (ICPC) set up in 1923 in Vienna, aims
    to ensure and promote mutual assistance between the
    world's anti-criminal authorities.

    Among its key goals is to track down and deport fugitives
    as well as the exchange of data and information on
    international crimes.

    The organization has been headquartered in Lyons, France,
    since 1989 with 178 member states as of November this

    During its Seoul conference, Interpol plans to elect five
    of 13 executive members and decide on venues for the 2000
    and 2001 general assemblies.

     Source: Agence France Press

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