ICCRC Events

Past Events:

Members of the ICCRC will be presenting at the 2017 Western Society of Criminology (WSC) conference in Las Vegas on Friday February 10th.

Panel Title: Radicalization and Extremism through Media-Based Platforms

Chair: Barbara Perry, University of Ontario Institute of Technology


  • "To my Brothers in the West": A Thematic Analysis of Propaganda Videos Produced by the Islamic State - Logan D. Macnair and Richard Frank, Simon Fraser University
  • Exposing the Dark Side: Exploring Extremism on the Dark Web - Julianna Mitchell, Simon Fraser University
  • You-Tubing White Power Music: An Exploration of Hate Anthems Online - Tanner Mirrlees, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Ryan Scrivens, Simon Fraser University; Barbara Perry, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

ICCRC members Thomas J. Holt and Ryan Scrivens participated in an organized panel at the 2016 American Society of Criminology (ASC) Annual Meeting, which was held in New Orleans from November 16th-19th.

Panel Title: Hate is in the Air: Defining, Identifying and Understanding Hate Speech and Radicalization Speech in Cyberspace

Panel Abstract: The Internet was created in order to facilitate multiple way communication between people from across the entire globe. However, almost fifty years after its creation, the Net has now become a special media in which the effects of any message can be much broader and greater both in time and space. Indeed, violent communication, and specifically hate and radicalization messages, have also found a way of spreading and broadening its impact through the Internet. Regarding the new range of diffusion of the Internet, and specially the new online social networks (e.g. Twitter, Facebook and online forums), the aim of this thematic panel is to: i) analyze the increased capacity of online hate and radicalization messages compared to communication in the earthly word, ii) discuss how the dissemination of messages of hate and radicalization works on the Net, and iii) study how online violent communication messages can be identified through new technological developments. In summary, this panel is aimed to present new mechanisms for identifying and understanding online violent communication, and more precisely online hate and radicalization.

Chair: Fernando Miró Llinares, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche

Discussant: Thomas J. Holt, Michigan State University


  • Assessing the Presentation of Ideological Messaging in Extremist Web Forums - Joshua D. Freilich, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Thomas J. Holt, Michigan State University; Steven M. Chermak, Michigan State University
  • Online Channels for the Spread of Jihadist Ideology in the Europe of 2016 - Miguel Angel Cano Paños, Universidad de Granada; Samuel Rodríguez Ferrández, Universidad de Murcia
  • Twitter After Charlie Hebdo: A Taxonomy of Violent Communication In Cyberspace - Fernando Miró Llinares, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche; Elena Beatriz Fernández Castejón, Universidad Miguel Hernández
  • Searching for a Virtual Needle in a Cyber-Stack: Identifying Radical Content in Online Discussion Forums - Ryan Scrivens, Simon Fraser University; Garth Davies, Simon Fraser University; Richard Frank, Simon Fraser University

The International Conference on CyberCrime and Computer Forensics (ICCCF) was held at SFU’s Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver, B.C., from June 12th to 14th, 2016. SFU co-hosted the ICCCF 2016 in cooperation with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Asia Pacific Association of Technology and Society (APATAS).

Keynote speakers included:

  • Benoit Dupont, Scientific Director of Smart Security Network, from the University of Montreal
  • Thomas J. Holt, an internationally recognized computer hacking and malware researcher from the University of Michigan and member of the ICCRC
  • Susan W. Brenner, a professor of cyber law and technology at the University of Dayton, Ohio
  • Gary Perkins, the Executive Director and Chief Information Security Officer for the Information Security Branch of the B.C. Government

The ICCRC sponsored the Fourth Annual Illicit Networks Workshop held from October 1st to 2nd, 2012, at SFU Harbour Centre, downtown Vancouver, B.C.

On Saturday May 28th, 2011, SFU Surrey hosted an Open House, which was open to the public. Dr. Richard Frank and Bryce Westlake of the ICCRC gave a presentation on Determining Key Players in Online Child Exploitation Networks.

The 2011 Western Society of Criminology Conference was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, B.C. from February 3rd to the 5th. We were pleased to have organized and participated in two panels which covered a wide range of interesting issues about cybercrime.

Panel Title: Global Electronic Crime

Chair: David S. Wall, Durham University, England


  • Virtual Villainy: Cyber-Fraud, Order Maintenance and I-Gambling - John L. McMullan, Saint Mary's University
  • Crime Script on the Modus Operandi and Motivations of 'Warez Groups' - Jonathan R. Basamanowicz & Martin Bouchard
    Simon Fraser University
  • Factors of Music Piracy Sourced from the 2007: Canadian Internet Use Survey - James Popham, University of Saskatchewan
  • Policing Cybercrime: Reassurance Policing or Police Reassurance? - David S. Wall, Durham University
  • The Case for Internet Intermediary Liability in Canada - Sara M. Smyth, Simon Fraser University

Panel Title: Online Victimization and Abuse: Old Problems in a New Guise

Chair: Sara M. Smyth, Simon Fraser University