Most reports, guides or publications on cybercrime begin by defining the term “cybercrime”. One common definition describes cybercrime as any activity in which computers or networks are a tool, a target or a place of criminal activity.

Its is difficult to develop a typology or classification system for cybercrime. Even if not exhaustive, the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime distinguishes between four different types of offences:

  1. Offences against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems (Title 1: Articles 2-6)
  2. Computer-related offences (Title 2: Articles 7-8)
  3. Content-related offences (Title 3: Article 9)
  4. Copyright-related offences (Title 4: Article 10)

Tech and Law Center aims to study the cybercrime phenomenon under two aspects: the criminological development and the possible regulatory responses in the different criminal justice systems in Europe – taking into account the existing international agreements (for example, the COE Convention). Tech and Law Center will carry out researches and studies on new criminal behaviors from a technological point of view, in order to promote ad hoc countermeasures to be validated on a legal basis.