Criminal enforcement is on the move. As technology enables police forces to use new tools and methods to detect and investigate crimes, both in the offline and online worlds, traditional law enforcement is beginning to adapt accordingly. With a glimpse to the near and far future of technology, these tools and methods are expected to make a drastic change in criminal enforcement, while also potentially expanding the scope of criminal activities. This talk addresses the present future of criminal law. It is a journey from current practices like recognition technology, wiretapping and searching Internet of Things (IoT) devices or using malware, to the perceived future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Web3 (Metaverse). With portraying the likely paths technology might take, we will discuss the potential future of criminal enforcement and criminal activities, while taking into account the role of users, platforms and the state in fighting against crime, while also preserving human rights and liberates.
Eldar Haber is an Associate Professor (tenured) at the Faculty of Law, University of Haifa, and a member of the Haifa Center for Law & Technology (HCLT) and the Center for Cyber Law & Policy (CCLP). He served as a fellow and a faculty associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University (2015-2018). His main research interests consist of various facets of law and technology including cyber law, intellectual property law (focusing mainly on copyright), privacy, civil rights and liberties, and criminal law. His works were published in various flagship law reviews worldwide, including top-specialized law and technology journals of U.S. universities such as Harvard, Yale, Berkeley and Stanford, and he is the author of Criminal Copyright (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Over the years, he has won several academic awards such as the IAPP best privacy paper award in the EU (2017) and the Cheshin Award for Academic Excellence in the Field of Law (2021).