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Competition: The Cyber Crime Blogging Prize

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2017 Legal Cheek Journal competition opens — with return transatlantic flights for the winner

Applications open today for The Cyber Crime Blogging Prize — our annual competition for law students that we are running in association with US state Bar exam preparation provider BARBRI International.

An independent panel of experts will judge the entries, with the top three to be published on Legal Cheek. The winner will receive a return transatlantic flight between cities of their choosing (subject to competition rules), courtesy of BARBRI.

To enter, submit a blog not exceeding 1,000 words on a topic related to cyber crime. This is a particularly hot area at the moment, with rates of cyber crime soaring. According to the National Cyber Security Centre and the National Crime Agency, there were 188 high-level cyber-attacks in the last three months of 2016.

Indeed, so severe has the threat become that the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, recently announced that £1.9 billion of funding would be ploughed towards increasing Britain’s defences against cyber threats.

Certainly, lawyers specialising in this area of criminal law look set to be busy over the coming years.

Bloggers are encouraged to explore the legal aspects of cyber crime. This could be through examining a story in the news, by considering key legislation — such as the Serious Crime Act 2015 — and/or exploring case law governing this area. Other related angles are also welcome. Entries can be about cyber crime anywhere in the world, and any relevant law which is applicable.

Please submit your blogs to journal@legalcheek.com, marking that they are entries for The Cyber Crime Blogging Prize. Applications are open until midnight on Monday 1 May.