In July 2014, 10 law and justice UC students undertook a 3 week short-term program in Canada and the US: International Perspectives on Cybercrime! This was an incredible opportunity for students to travel, explore and gain a cutting-edge insight into their study field.
Tom Lindfield was one of these students, and had the following perspective to bring on his experience:
The International Perspectives on Cybercrime unit was one of the best things I have done so far, both in my university career and in life! I truly gained an international insight into cybercrime and cyber-security, which highlighted the topicality and relevance of this issue. I learnt about legal and regulatory responses to cybercrime from different comparative perspectives including American, Canadian and South East Asian. Similarly the perspectives on cybercrime came from a range of different disciplines such as sociology, criminology, computer science, forensics, politics, law enforcement and private investigation. I found the variety of disciplines combined with different cultural perspectives created a holistic view of the cybercrime dilemma and greatly built my understanding and diversity of the issue.
The scope and content of the guest lectures at Simon Fraser University in Canada proved highly fascinating, stimulating my deep interest in the discussed topics. I also had a lot of fun learning about the technical computer forensics side of cybercrime with lectures and interactive seminars as well as guest lecture from key speakers. I enjoyed the theoretical criminological influence provided in lectures and workshops and found them to be fun, interactive and engaging. I liked the South East Asian influence as this region is highly topical for Australian students as well as the historical overview of cybercrime and forecasts for future development.
I was blown away with the natural beauty Vancouver had to offer and in particular the beautiful campus and location of Simon Fraser University where we were hosted and based for the majority of the trip. It was very easy to wake up every morning surrounded by picturesque forests and breath taking mountain backdrops! I also really appreciated getting to know and collaborate with Canadian students from Simon Fraser. They were very open and welcoming and we had a lot of fun learning about each other’s cultures, differences and similarities. This was a really unique and valuable opportunity.
I truly believe in the huge value of this course as I think the information gained is so important and will be significant in years to come. I am thankful that I was given the opportunity to be a part of something new as it happened and I would strongly recommend this kind of experience to anyone!
-Tom Lindfield, University of Canberra Law Student