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B.C. funds agency to fight cybercrime

Date: July 09, 2008
By: Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government has provided $350,000 in grants to launch an international cybercrime research centre that will investigate online crime trends and help to develop new tools to counter them, Labour and Citizens' Services Minister Iain Black announced Tuesday.

The International Cybercrime Research Centre research will include economic crimes, social networking abuses, identity management and critical infrastructure protection. It will also analyze international trends and serve as an educational centre for industry professionals, the government said in a press release.

The centre is a partnership between the province, Simon Fraser University and the International Society for the Policing of Cyberspace (POLCYB). B.C. taxpayers will contribute $250,000 to SFU's School of Criminology to provide physical space and a secure data centre for lab equipment. POLCYB has received a further $100,000 to help it operate the centre.

POLCYB is a B.C.-based not-for-profit society that draws on an international community of experts to prevent and combat crimes in cyberspace.

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