​The Dark Side of Digital Communication

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is a leading African organisation that enhances human security to enable sustainable development and economic prosperity in Africa. It works across the continent, doing authoritative research, providing expert policy advice and delivering practical training and technical assistance.

The ISS is hosting a seminar under the theme ‘The Dark Side of Digital Communication’ on 3 May 2016 in Pretoria.

The sharp rise in digital communication in Africa is largely seen as beneficial to local economies.

This is based on the assumption that with increased connectivity, development on the continent will keep expanding. But this connectivity also provides opportunities for crime and criminal networks to grow.

This seminar will offer an innovative analysis of advance fee fraud, better known as the ‘419 scam’ in Africa. The representation of this crime in popular culture, the social patterns of organised criminals and the narrative forms of fraudulent emails will also be discussed.

Chair: Gareth Newham, Head, Governance, Crime and Justice Division, ISS

Speakers:

  • Christo Doherty, Associate Professor in Digital Arts, University of the Witwatersrand;
  • Mark Shaw, Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime.

The ISS is grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United States of America.

This event will be webcast live.

Enquiries: Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Tel: +27 12 346 9500, Email:  omaunganidze@issafrica.org

RSVP: Monique de Graaff, Tel: +27 12 346 9500, Email: mdegraaff@issafrica.org 

Time: 10h30 - 13h00

To register, refer to www.issafrica.org/events/the-dark-side-of-digital-communication

For more about the Institute for Security Studies, refer to www.issafrica.org.

Event Start Date: 
Tuesday, 3 May, 2016
Event End Date: 
Tuesday, 3 May, 2016
Event Venue: 
Conference Room, ISS Pretoria, Block C, Brooklyn Court
Event Type: 
Seminar

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