Crime and Technology in the Era of Globalization

The era of modernity paved the way for narrowing the distance between far-reaching cultures thus, disappearing the territorial boundaries which separate these varying distant cultures. In line with the spread of globalization came the drastic improvements made in technology. The generation of globalization equates with the technological advancement of modern society. As the world became more interactive in terms of communication and intellectual and cultural exchange, globalization became a period of boundless and infinite possibilities and opportunities.

Unfortunately, one of the opportunities which are entailed by globalization is the widening scope of the performance of crimes. The widespread usage of highly technological advanced tools such as the internet, made it possible to expand its function to use for crimes. Internet-related crimes became the main concern regarding crime globalization where the use of cyberspace does not define any legal boundaries making it hard for state laws to apply. Cyberspace is solid evidence of the globalization phenomenon where participants from around the world can freely interact, anonymously or under a false identity.

With globalization as a budding event, an incident occur which gave rise to a whole new of debate of regulating crimes. This essay will focus on one criminal case which inflicted billions of dollars of damages to the American society. The ILOVEYOU virus case will serve as a focal study to see how crime has been globalize and how technology provides opportunities for crimes like these to ensue. The ILOVEYOU originated from the Philippines in the year 2000. Its standard procedure for spreading the virus is to send e-mail messages with an I Love You as the subject line.

By the moment the recipient opened the said message, the virus will in . vbs format will attack the server and spread the message to the recipient’s users’ lists pretending to be the recipient itself. The virus will make some changes into the system paralyzing some of its functions. The ILOVEYOU virus spread around the world in a short period of time which resulted to “shutting down computer networks and disrupting business and government operations for days” (Bradshaw, Healey, and Smith, 2001, p. 328).

It delayed business and government transactions which also halted inflow of profits thus losing billions of dollars. As previously mentioned, the internet as a product of technology does not define clear boundaries, thus, making it hard for participants to be identified since interaction through the internet are done in front of computers. The concept of the absence of territory within the internet makes it hard for cyber-laws to be either properly framed or even implemented.

In the of the ILOVEYOU virus, considering it as a crime has received ambivalent perception in the Philippines since the country does not have any cyber laws or even parameters set to define cyber crimes. As a third-world country, to be able to penetrate the United States infrastructures became more of an achievement than a crime. Only a few countries have established cyber laws but these are considered vague as well, for it is rather difficult to measure the boundaries of cyberspace.

This is exactly why such crimes as the ILOVEYOU virus have been easily performed and encouraged other virus to be made to either infiltrate security systems from all over the world or to create fraud. The high-spirit of globalization still relies on the perspective where it bridges the differences and opens the barriers from one country to another. Globalization and the advancement of technology are meant for humanity enrichment and cultivation. Unfortunately and inevitably, a freer and boundless world is much more vulnerable to crimes as security is most likely compromised.

Bill Clinton stated in one of his speeches: “this combination of a new openness and new insecurities signaled a ‘fateful struggle’ between the ‘forces of integration and harmony’ and the ‘forces of disintegration and chaos’ (Muppidi, 2004, p. 85). It is a struggle that human civilization will have to endure and win in over since globalization is drastically growing as time goes by. References Bradshaw, Y. W. , Healey, J. F. , and Smith R. (2001). Sociology for a New Century. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications. Muppidi, H. (2004). The Politics of the Global. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.