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Rob D'Ovidio to Comment on Wikipedia Blackout

January 18, 2012

As Wikipedia and other websites shut down today in protest of anti-piracy bills now in Congress that critics say could amount to web censorship, Drexel University’s Dr. Rob D’Ovidio, associate professor of criminal justice and director of the University’s program in computer crime and digital forensics, is available to comment on the far-reaching effects of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).

D’Ovidio has worked with the New York City Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department on research projects involving computer crime. His work with the law enforcement community includes training investigators on techniques to seize electronic evidence and trace Internet communications.

D’Ovidio can address the following topics:

  • Identity theft and cyberfraud
  • Online predators and Internet crimes against children
  • Computer and network intrusions
  • Cyberstalking, online harassment and cyberbullying
  • Intellectual property theft, including copyright infringement
  • Surveillance technology and privacy

D’Ovidio is a past president of the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association. He is also a member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, the American Society of Criminology, and the United States Secret Service Philadelphia-Area Electronic Crimes Task Force. D’Ovidio serves as chair of the Law and Public Policy Working Group for the National Institute of Justice’s Electronic Crimes Partnership Initiative. He also sits on the National Governors Association’s Strategic Policy Council on Cyber and Electronic Crime. D’Ovidio is the current book review editor for the Security Journal. He provides regular commentary for media outlets on news stories pertaining to computer crime, Internet safety, identity theft, and surveillance. He received his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Temple University.

*** To schedule an interview with Dr. D’Ovidio, contact the Drexel Media Relations Team
at 215-895-2705. ***