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Cyber Crime Training Programme, organised by Kerala Police, UNODC and Microsoft

Summary

A four-day Cyber Crime Training Programme, organised by Kerala Police, Microsoft and UNODC commenced in Thiruvananthapuram on 17 January 2007. Mr. Gary Lewis, Representative ROSA, UNODC inaugurated the programme. Mr. Rajan Joseph, Director Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Thiruvananthapuram, presided over the inaugural function at the Police Training College. Mr. Loknath Behra, Inspector General Kerala and Mr. Timothy Dwyer of Microsoft also spoke. The programme focuses on online crimes against children in the context of growing criminal use of the internet for child abuse and human trafficking.

The technology boom in India is accompanied by the potential for abuse by paedophiles who lurk in the haven of cyber anonymity and prey upon the vulnerabilities of young children. The training programme, which is being attended by 42 participants from Kerala and Karnataka, especially addresses the need for enhancing the technical capacity of the law enforcement agencies in dealing with such criminal activities. The first such programme had been organised in October 2006 in Ghaziabad by UNODC, Microsoft and the CBI Academy.