Technology, Trafficking and Terrorism Seminar at MTSU

May 8, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  -- State Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security, Bill Gibbons, will appear this week at an organized crime symposium that begins Tuesday on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

Entitled “Technology, Trafficking and Terrorism,” the 2012 Organized Crime Symposium is free and open to the public.

The seminar is sponsored by MTSU’s Forensic Institute for Research and Education and will tackle the difficult subjects of the sex trafficking of women and children, along with the increasingly sophisticated use of technology by gangs.

Carter Smith is a professor of Criminal Justice at Austin Peay State University and one of the symposium’s organizers.

“People who commit crimes - gangs, organized crime, terrorists, etc. - are using technology to their advantage. Sometimes just to communicate, other times to transfer information or money or whatever. It’s something that we can’t ignore.”

Smith says seminar speakers will help those attending understand not only how criminals use technology, but also how to use technology against criminals.