>Users:   login   |  register       > email     > people    

See No Evil Hear Evil: A Correction’s View on the YouTube® Video
By Art Bowker, Cybercrime Specialist
Published: 10/22/2012

You tube We had the recent middle-east riots, reportedly triggered by the anti-Islam YouTube® video. We can debate back and forth about whether the YouTube® video was the real cause of the violence or merely another catalyze to an already volatile situation. Some might argue it was the digital equivalent of yelling “fire” in a theater populated by the world. In the states, as a free society, we tend to be a bit more thick skinned, at least that is the hope.

As we witnessed events unfold it came to light that the purported video source was someone who was prohibited from Internet access due to their correctional status. The person has been arrested and is facing proceeding to determine if they have violated the terms of their supervision. Some might argue that the real purpose of the arrest and hearing is to stifle free speech. Others are more on point, that exercising free speech is not the issue. The real issue is offenders can’t lie and violate lawful restrictions while under supervision. We don’t know all the facts of this case. In the end it is in the judge’s hands.

Many of you know I find the whole idea of computer/Internet restrictions intriguing. In this case the person was not allowed online without permission. Media reports are a bit sketchy about computer management conditions imposed in this case, such as use of monitoring software/hardware or searches. Clearly the conditions directed that supervision efforts were to also encompass “cyberspace.” The question is what conditions or tools were available to help manage the cyber-risk?

While this offender faces a hearing, I read with fascination a story about how another probation officer located a missing juvenile offender using Facebook.® The thing that caught my eye was not that officer used the Internet as an investigative tool. After all, it makes perfect sense that a juvenile probation officer would turn to a media that so many of today’s youth use to communicate and socialize. What caught my attention was that this officer had to use her personal computer as she was prohibited from accessing the Internet from work. So on the one hand you have a world wide story involving a supervised offender’s Internet access, yet this officer’s department prohibits their employees from Internet access at work. Hell, maybe they thought they might view YouTube® videos and start tearing up the place. But seriously, in light of today’s environment, where actions done on the Internet can literally have worldwide consequences, why are probation and parole officers still being prohibited from accessing the Internet from work?

The fact is some officers are being asked to manage offender risk in cyberspace without tools and/or training. It is like being asked to write a movie review but instructed to wear dark sunglasses and ear muffs during its showing. I call it the “see no evil hear no evil” supervision philosophy. To make matters worse officers doing these off hours investigative activities could subject themselves to added risks, such as exposing one’s personal social networking connections to their caseload. Corrections has got to make up their mind. Either they are going to supervise offenders, including in cyberspace, and use all tools at their disposal or turn over this function to law enforcement or the mass media to report on the major supervision violations. One of the reasons I haven’t written earlier is I was busy attending the American Probation and Parole Association’s Summer Training Institute, which had over 1,000 in attendance. It was a very professionally done conference and I was particularly pleased that there were three well attended workshops dealing with managing offender computer risk. Hopefully, more agencies will get the idea that supervision does not end with the ”brick and mortar” world of yesterday. For now I know I left a cigar lit somewhere. Be safe out there.

Art Bowker is the author of The Cybercrime Handbook for Community Corrections: Managing Offender Risk in the 21st Century. He has over 26 years experience in both law enforcement and corrections at the state and federal level. In 2008, Art was the International President of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA). This professional non-profit organization is the largest of its kind devoted to the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of crimes involving advanced technologies (htcia.org). Art is also member of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and is a member of their Technology Committee, He has a Master of Corrections degree from Kent State University. Follow Art on Twitter.com at: (http://twitter.com/Computerpo)

Other articles by Bowker:

Visit The Three C’s


  1. rdx on 04/25/2020:

    howdy, your websites are really good. I appreciate your work. jefferson cox

  2. rdx on 04/25/2020:

    What a thrilling post. It is extremely chock-full of useful information. Thanks for such a great info. jefferson cox

  3. RB Anus on 04/22/2020:

    This is a smart blog. I mean it. You have so much knowledge about this issue, and so much passion. You also know how to make people rally behind it, obviously from the responses. win cash online

  4. highgen on 04/21/2020:

    Get Unlimited Free Instagram Followers by using our Free Instagram Followers Generator.

  5. RB Anus on 04/20/2020:

    Very efficiently written information. It will be beneficial to anybody who utilizes it, including me. Keep up the good work. For sure i will check out more posts. This site seems to get a good amount of visitors. free tinder gold

  6. keatonjefferson on 03/16/2020:

    This view by Correction covers most of the bases that I was searching for, and I am grateful for this Buy youtube views. I would love it if Correction provided more opinion-related posts on other topics, as well.

  7. keatonjefferson on 01/27/2020:

    The view of Correction on this video is exactly my view. I am glad you posted your view here. I want to know how can I get more youtube subscribers, so if you help me know this, I would be more than happy with your work here.

  8. xnxxiraqsexy on 11/11/2019:

  9. نيك حيوانات قوي
  10. نيك حيوانات لبنت
  11. نيك حيوانات مع انسان
  12. نيك حيوانات مع بشر
  13. نيك حيوانات مع بنات
  14. نيك حيوانات مع بنت
  15. Jacob on 07/31/2019:

    In today's world lots of people working with windows 10 computer there for i want to ask a question how to get help with file explorer in windows 10 ? I know many of them have no ideas. This is my recommendation to visit this homepage and catch answers.

  16. yasuwixire on 07/17/2019:

    Some may contend it was what could be compared to hollering "fire". In an auditorium populated the rushmyessay.com reviews by the world. In the states, as a free society, we will in general be more tough, at any rate that is the expectation.

Login to let us know what you think

User Name:   


Forgot password?

correctsource logo

Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of The Corrections Connection User Agreement
The Corrections Connection ©. Copyright 1996 - 2022 © . All Rights Reserved | 15 Mill Wharf Plaza Scituate Mass. 02066 (617) 471 4445 Fax: (617) 608 9015