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The dark side of digital communication
Date: 3 May 2016
Time: 10h30 - 13h00
Venue: Conference room, ISS Pretoria, Block C, Brooklyn Court, map

The sharp rise in digital communication in Africa is largely seen as beneficial to local economies.

This is based on the assumption that with increased connectivity, development on the continent will keep expanding. But this connectivity also provides opportunities for crime and criminal networks to grow.

This seminar will offer an innovative analysis of advance fee fraud, better known as the ‘419 scam’ in Africa.

The representation of this crime in popular culture, the social patterns of organised criminals and the narrative forms of fraudulent emails will also be discussed.

Chair: Gareth Newham, Head, Governance, Crime and Justice Division, ISS


  • Christo Doherty, Associate Professor in Digital Arts, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Mark Shaw, Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
This event is made possible with funding from the Royal Norwegian Government. The ISS is also grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
Conference room
ISS Pretoria
Block C
Brooklyn Court
Samantha de Jesus
Phone: +27 12 346 9500
Ottilia Anna Maunganidze
Phone: +27 12 346 9500
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