Conference on co-operation against cybercrime

Strasbourg (France), 23-25 March 2010


This conference, held on an annual basis since 2007, is designed to strengthen co-operation between the public and private sectors in combating Internet-based crime. It is an occasion on which the Council of Europe brings together experts from all over the world and representatives of governments, the police and the Internet industry.

At the workshops organised during the 2010 conference, participants will be looking at the training of judges and prosecutors in cybercrime matters, the responsibilities of the bodies set up to counter cybercrime, the fight against the sexual exploitation and abuse of children on the Internet, and security and privacy “in the clouds".

Participants will also take stock of current legislation on cybercrime and highlight the global vocation of the Council of Europe's Convention on Cybercrime, the only international treaty on this subject, and one used by more than 100 countries worldwide as a basis for strengthening their legislation in this field. At the end of the conference, an appeal is also due to be made for global support, enabling States to meet the challenges connected with cybercrime by making the best possible use of existing tools and instruments, including this Convention.

It is also at the conference that a Council of Europe contribution will be prepared to the 12th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, to be held from 12 to 19 April in Salvador (Brazil).

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Opening the Conference on cooperation against cybercrime on 23 March in Strasbourg, the Deputy Secretary General stressed that ''cybercrime is a threat to our rights''. ''The fight against cybercrime is a round-the-clock exercise in shooting at a fast-moving target,'' she added. (more ...)

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