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These free resources are organised into categories aligned to the College of Policing Curriculum and in agreement with police experts. You can study them at any time and anywhere.

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An hour or less of study More than 7 hours of study

An hour or less of study

Cybercrime: What does it mean?

Explore different types of cybercrime with this collection of seven animated videos. These short 1 minute videos provide short overviews of various cybercrime themes, ranging from how the online criminal enterprise works, websites that sell stolen credit cards, the strange new bitcoin currency, devious computer worms, insights into global mass surveillance and common online scams. 

Type of activity: Learning resource

Mass surveillance will never be able to stop all known terrorists

After three deranged men murdered 17 people in Paris, millions took to the streets to express solidarity with the victims’ families and friends. Social media was alive with defences of freedom of speech and freedom from tyranny. In this article Ray Corrigan, Senior Lecturer in Technology at The Open University asks the question: Is mass surveillance the answer to stopping known terrorists. 

Type of activity: Learning resource

Technology and trust

The increased use of CCTV surveillance cameras has been, we are assured, for public. But what does the increasing surveillance of our personal movement say about trust in our society? Do we need such a level of transparency to ensure public safety? This short article discusses how technology is infringing on our lives creating a growing concern for our personal privacy and trust.

Type of activity: Learning resource

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More than 7 hours of study

Introduction to Cybersecurity

As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to protect our information from being maliciously disrupted or misused is really important. This course will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you.

Type of activity: Course

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