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  June 20, 2003

Governmental cyber-crime experts from the member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) will meet on June 23 and 24 to evaluate progress against this type of criminal activity and develop appropriate recommendations to combat the problem. OAS Secretary General César Gaviria will open the meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday.

Participants will consider preparing inter-American legal instruments and model legislation designed to strengthen hemispheric cooperation against cyber-crime, which involves the use of computers and information networks to commit a range of offenses, such as destroying or illegally obtaining data, storing illicit material, perpetrating financial fraud or distributing child pornography.

The meeting is being held in accordance with recommendations adopted at the Fourth Meeting of Ministers of Justice or of Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas, held in April 2002, and with an OAS General Assembly resolution adopted that same year.

The recommendations that come out of the OAS meeting will be presented at the next meeting of the hemisphere’s justice ministers, which will take place in 2004.

What: Opening of the meeting of governmental experts on cyber-crime

When: 9:00 a.m., Monday, June 23

Where: Bolívar Room
Organization of American States headquarters
17th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC

Reference: AVI-038/03