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Cybercrime, internet regulation, Canada, Romania
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University of Alberta
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Manolescu, Dan Stefan Dragos
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Dr. Stan Ruecker, Humanities Computing
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Dr. Stan Ruecker, Humanities Computing
Dr. Sean Gouglas, Director of the Humanities Computing programme and an associate professor in the Department of History and Classics
Dr. Geoffrey Martin Rockwell, Professor in Humanities Computing, based in the Department of Philosophy
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In this thesis, I investigate the concept of Internet regulation and its implementation by examining the Convention on Cybercrime, which regulates the European Union (EU) and non EU countries. I examine the approaches taken toward the Convention on Cybercrime in two different socio-economic and political systems: Canada, a modern democracy that only signed the Convention, and Romania, an ex-communist democracy that both signed and ratified it. With this Convention, the Council of Europe has claimed that one model of global Internet regulation is appropriate for all countries. I argue that the infrastructure and legal, economic, and socio-cultural aspects of local cultures make the global homogenous regulation of the Internet impractical, therefore regulation on a national level would be more effective. I also try to contribute to current research by studying the complexity of the global regulation of Internet crimes by demonstrating: the importance of democracy and technology for public policy frameworks for cybercrime, by describing; the limitations of the model represented by the global monolithic Convention on Cybercrime, and by suggesting that a universal democratic model of global Internet regulation is utopian and does not address the individual needs of each country.
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