Computer misuse and the law

  • Kannan Sankara Narayanan

    Student thesis: Coursework Masters - CDU


    In the last 15 years there have been great technological advances in Information Technology. These advances have generated a new range of criminal activities. There are many different types of computer crime ranging from copying software illegally for commercial purposes to unauthorised entry to networks. Computer crime causes heavy losses to companies manufacturing software and hardware. Computer crime is prevalent in many countries in Asia notwithstanding the existence of legislative, national and international dimensions.

    This paper
    1. Defines, documents and records the evolution of the Computer crime legislation;
    2. Identifies and considers the law, particularly legislation in Western countries and Asia;
    3. Offers explanations for the lack of enforcement of computer crime laws;
    4. Focuses on the failure of the law in Asia, especially India and China;
    5. Offers suggestions for improving the effectiveness of the law in these regions; 
    6. Makes recommendations from different perspective; and 
    7. States the author's conclusion on this paper.
    Date of AwardAug 1996
    Original languageEnglish

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