Criminal Justice professors, Dr. Diana Dolliver and Dr. Kate Seigfried-Spellar, will be presenting for 500-600 law enforcement practitioners at the 2014 International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) conference this May in Atlanta, Georgia. Spellar and Dolliver will team up to provide an overview of ongoing cyber initiatives and research projects at the University of Alabama. The initiative will partner with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to better understand issues surrounding forensic investigation and evidence processing while also conducting other research in socio-behavioral aspects of cybercrime.
Dr. Dolliver will be presenting her research on drug trafficking organizations’ utilization of cyberspace, particularly criminal activity on the Tor Network, and the role that opportunity plays in these particular crime-types. There are new opportunities for crime provided by the Internet, and recent data offers initial confirmation that this link between Internet-related opportunities and crime holds. Dr. Dolliver will discuss the processes used to begin answering if the anonymity, associated with the Tor Network, exacerbates opportunities for crime – enticing motivated offenders to use this network in place of the open Internet.
Dr. Seifried-Spellar’s research involves investigating Internet-based child pornography cases. She will discuss the degrees in which individuals engage in child pornography and how law enforcement is able to determine which crime(s) have been committed. Dr. Seigfried-Spellar plans to discuss a case study where a criminal profile and trends analysis of computer forensic evidence (i.e., Internet artifacts) were used to determine if the suspect was a hands-on or hands-off contact offender.