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Anti-Semitism: Internet

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Solicitor-General in what initiatives arising out of the 13th Annual Conference of the International Association of Prosecutors, New Technologies and Challenges in Crime and Prosecution, relating to anti-semitic hate crime on the internet the Government are participating. (227788)

There were no specific initiatives arising out of the 13th Annual Conference of the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) in relation to anti-Semitic hate crime on the internet.

However, recognising that e-crime is one of the most rapidly expanding forms of criminality, during that event the Attorney-General announced the establishment of the Global Prosecutors' E-Crime Network (GPEN). This is an initiative developed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in conjunction with the IAP which recognises the fact that prosecutors play a very significant role in combating all forms of e-crime, including hate crime on the internet, and that their knowledge and advice at an early stage of police investigations can be fundamental to success. The GPEN will comprise: a secure database for e-crime prosecution specialists from across the world; a channel for exchanging advice, queries and best practice between prosecutors; and host e-crime material including training packages and legal guidance that will constitute a virtual college for those who need access to training, and support. It will become fully operational early next year and will help keep prosecutors on top of the latest trends and developments in terms of technology, the law in other jurisdictions, and emerging forms of criminality—thereby raising standards of knowledge and improving prospects for successful prosecutions.