Australia – University of Sydney: Criminal Behaviour in the Digital Age

2021 Criminal Law CPD Series:

Criminal Behaviour in the Digital Age

CPD Points: 1.5

Access to the internet and mobile digital devices enable new forms of social harm, criminal behaviour and challenges to policing and regulation. The ease with which images and information can be shared anonymously means that hate networks, terrorist and extremist organisations can expand, child abuse materials and intimate images can be disseminated, and illicit substances and weapons can be bought and sold.

This webinar will provide an overview of:

  • new forms of harmful or criminal behaviour on the open web and darknet;
  • relevant legislative provisions including Crimes Act 1900 (NSW), Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 (NSW); Commonwealth Criminal Code;
  • relevant case law; and
  • challenges to policing and regulation.

This webinar will assist legal practitioners involved in the prosecution and defence of online or digital offences.


Dr Carolyn McKay is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney Law School where she teaches Criminal Law, Civil & Criminal Procedure and Digital Criminology. She is CoDirector of the Sydney Institute of Criminology. Carolyn is recognised for her research into technologies in justice, specifically her empirical research into prisoners’ experiences of accessing justice from a custodial situation by audio visual links, published in her monograph, The Pixelated Prisoner: Prison video links, court ‘appearance’ and the justice matrix (2018) Routledge. During the period July 2021 – June 2024, Carolyn will undertake her ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) ‘The Digital Criminal Justice Project: Vulnerability and the Digital Subject’. Carolyn serves on the NSW Bar Association Innovation & Technology Committee and served on the 2019 NSW Law Society Legal Technologies Committee. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford 2019 and for 3 months at the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Spain 2013-14. Carolyn has previously consulted on anti-dumping trade disputes and indirect taxation, working in both Sydney and Tokyo, and she also has a digital media/visual arts practice.


Full series (7 webinars) = $300
Individual webinar(s) = $50

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This webinar will be released on Wednesday 29 September.

You will receive a webinar link on this date, and can also register at a later date to catch up in your own time. 

About the series

This new 2021 Criminal Law CPD series, presented by the Sydney Institute of Criminology is made up of 7 webinars. Topics include: criminal behaviour in the digital age, consent and culpability in sex cases involving adults, irreducible life sentences, preventive detention; and neurotechnology and the criminal law.

You can register for the full series or individual webinar(s) and catch up on demand. Webinars will be presented by experts from Sydney Law School.

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