Projects Publication date: 2022-07-20

Digital design vs. online crime

Students at Umeå Institute of Design have, in collaboration with the police and youths, developed four digital solutions geared towards fighting online crime against children and young people.

Image: Umeå Institute of Design

"Criminal activity is gradually moving into the digital world. Children and young people growing up today are increasingly living their lives on the internet and via social media, while the police authorities traditionally have focused on a world revolving aound physical encounters," says John Forsberg, project manager at the Police Authority.

Online crime against children and young people is increasing and there is a great need to focus on early crime prevention in the digital world

John Forsberg, project manager at the Police Authority

Student design concepts

Responsible online activity 

The design project "Police Patrolling the Internet" is part of the international master's programme in interaction design at UID.

We want to help today's parents to educate responsible internet users

Kay van den Aker, IxD1 student

The twelve students have worked in four project groups and come from Belgium, India, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, Germany and Austria.

The project is part of a multi-year collaboration between the Police Authority (Police Region North and the National Operations Department), police training and Umeå Institute of Design.

"The international design students' unique approach to co-creation and systems thinking has really opened our eyes. The police authority needs to innovate change in order to cope with the transition towards an increasingly digital society. We have a lot to learn", says John Forsberg.