Guess the Date

For the computer crime law nerds in the VC audience, try to guess the publication year of the following passage:

Over the past quarter of a century our society has witnessed an amazing technological transformation. The computer has become an integral part of our everyday lives, critical to our national defense, financial transactions, and information transmissions. In recent years, the subject of computer related crime has captured the attention of law enforcement personnel, criminologists, the media, and the general public. While our society has been readily affored access to computer technology so as to improve the standard of living of law-abiding citizens, so too have criminal elements gained access to computers in order to perpetrate illegalities. It has been the realization that criminals possess the capability to access and control high technology processes vital to our everyday lives which has spurred the recent alarm over the issue of computer related crime.

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The publication year was 1980.   Source: United States Department of Justice, Computer Crime Legislative Resource Manual at iii (1980).  The manual is an early effort to gather all of the relevant legislative and constitutional authorities that were though to be relevant to computer-related crime.

Orin Kerr is the Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor at The George Washington University Law School, where he has taught since 2001. He teaches and writes in the area of criminal procedure and computer crime law.

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