Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

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Dear Delegates,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the sixty-sixth session of Harvard National Model United Nations!  My name is Nick Lore-Edwards and I am a rising junior at Harvard College. I am thrilled to be directing a committee that I find super interesting, and I hope you will too: the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ).

At Harvard, I am involved in various groups and study Economics and Computer Science.  I served as an Assistant Director for the Organization of American States at HNMUN 2019, and will be directing the CCPCJ at HNMUN-Latin American 2020.  Besides HNMUN, I’m involved in Harvard College Consulting Group and tutor for the introductory economics course here, Ec 10. I am also a member of my house’s (Mather House) House Committee as the Publicity Co-Chair.  In my (very limited) free time, I enjoy exercising and socializing!

One of the greatest struggles of the UN, in my opinion, is enforcing the policies and laws it puts in place, as an international organization.  Effectively penalizing countries that break international laws is not an easy process, and I think this challenge has the possibility to bring creative debate and discussion.  When mandating how to prevent crime and uphold criminal justice, it will be extremely important to consider how to incentivize countries to follow the law in a world more interconnected than ever.

My interest in the CCPCJ and the topic area we will be discussing began after the 2016 US political elections.  As the first election where I was able to be very active and follow along closely, it came as a great disappointment to learn that foreign powers had attempted to influence the outcome of the election.  This event really made me consider the challenges of a technologically-integrated world, and how we can work to ensure free and fair elections concurrent with free and open internet. It’s a challenge unique to our generation, and I believe we may be the only people equipped to envision a solution, making me very excited to hear what everyone contributes to the discussion.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!  I couldn’t be more happy to be directing this committee and discussing this topic, and I hope you find it rewarding!

Best regards,

Nick Lore-Edwards
Director, Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
ccpcj@hnmun.org


Topic Area: Cybersecurity in Political Elections

Countries around the world are facing threats to their ability to have free and fair elections, uninfluenced by the acts of third parties.  Elections from the United States to India are vulnerable to a range of cyber-attacks, some meant to sway voters and others meant to rig voting machines.  European Union leaders have met to ensure that they can protect the validity of their parliament elections, as they fear Russian influence. In a world where Facebook is a primary news source, how should we address the growing threat of fake news and online manipulation?  In a world where voting machines are becoming digitized, how do we ensure that elections are safe from cyber-attacks? In a world where governments in the UN are accused of committing the very crimes we seek to prevent, how do we enforce the cyber-laws we decide to put into place?  These are just a few of the questions that our committee will be tackling. Cybersecurity is an important issue because it threatens the sanctity of democratic elections, it is a pressing issue because it is constantly evolving, and it is a challenging issue because our leaders do not fully understand it.  As a generation who has grown up with the internet and social media, it is our turn to use our experience and creativity to find a solution.