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Fulbright Scholarship for research on future cybercrime threats

Media Release

13 March 2009

Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) research analyst Dr Kim Kwang (Raymond) Choo has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to visit the United States to study the future cybercrime threat environment.

Dr Choo has been awarded the 2009 Fulbright Professional Australia-U.S. Alliance Studies Scholarship, sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He will spend three months at the Rutgers University's School of Criminal Justice and the Palo Alto Research Center to undertake the project.

The recent author of AIC reports in the areas of cybercrime and anti-money laundering, including Future directions in technology-enabled crime: 2007-09, Raymond has a Ph.D. in information technology from the Queensland University of Technology and joined the Institute in 2006.

He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University's ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, and a member of the International Consultant Group (Research) in the joint United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Korean Institute of Criminology "Virtual Forum against Cybercrime" Program.

The AIC's Acting Director, Tony Marks, congratulated Raymond on his scholarship when the 23 recipients were announced in Hobart on Thursday night, 12 March.

"This is welcome recognition of the calibre of the AIC's researchers and their commitment to high-quality, forward-looking research, particularly in new and emerging types of crime," Mr Marks said.

"Raymond's US studies will complement his research at the Institute in identifying cybercrime risks and the development of responses for law enforcement agencies and policy makers in neutralising those risks and preventing harm to the community.

"His visit will also help to strengthen ties and develop cooperative arrangements between Australia and its international criminological research partners."

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AIC media contact: Scott Kelleher, Tel: 02.6260 9244; m: 0418 159525.