Obj. 1: Assess the state of the art in counter-online THB instruments, including both technical and technological tools. WP2 of BIGOSINT will illicit how the internet may represent a risk for the most vulnerable targets of people traffickers, how they simultaneously provide opportunities for investigative frameworks, thus improving knowledge (1.1) on detection of cyber-enabled trafficking in THB and its victims; and (1.2) emerging disruptive technologies in counter-THB operations & international/publicprivate intelligence exchange. An exploration of different technologies, DBs and data used by LEAs in EU and third countries will hp to identify gaps in the availability of tools, challenges to their implementation, and cross-border disparities between them.
Obj. 2 Enhance relevant LEAs access to, and monitoring of, open and closed environments online, allowing them to detect, identify & classify content, users, and victims in an efficient and coordinated way. This will be achieved through the development of advanced digital forensics tools, their embedding into a comprehensive strategy, concretised in a LEAs Handbook and immersive VR-based skills & knowledge training. Data outputs from these will be integrated into the FAST platform to allow analysis and visualisation and exchange of the int reports between different agencies.
Obj. 3 Interrupt the financial flow supporting online THB. BIGOSINT will advance relevant LEA practitioners’ understanding of the online transactional patterns and specifics of the most commonly used cryptowallets, mixing services and develop forensic techniques for gathering and untumbling blockchain data, tracing this back to its users. Data retrieved will be integrated into the FAST platform to establish investigative profiles and correlations.
Obj. 4 Strengthen cross-border and inter-agency cooperation through a heightened lev of secure, granular intelligence exchange based on the integration of gathered data and data correlation through a single integrated FAST platform (developed in the EU-funded project UNCHAINED and expanded through BIGOSINT) and mods for inter-agency exchange. Coordinated operation action will further be enhanced by a greater standardisation of investigative techniques and a more harmonised understanding of the phenomenon of online THB. Through the virtual reality-based training, practitioners can test and practice their ability to implement the techniques developed within the BIGOSINT platform interactively, simulating cross-border investigations via the multiplayer platform that allows trainees to operative collaboratively and simultaneously from different geographical locations.
Obj. 5 Test new Tools, protocols and joint investigative approaches to counter online THB: Through WP4 National Interagency Teams in Italy, Spain and Germany will test new tools, investigative protocols and practices in transnational cyber investigations for a period of 20 weeks. The exercises will involve public and private agencies, LEAs and judiciary, under TNJudPol authorisation.
Obj. 6 Reduce the vulnerability of specific groups, such as children and women14, through the production of a ‘Communication Toolkit’ aimed at a gender-and-minor-specific approach in the prevention of online hunting and fishing techniques of the traffickers and how to prevent risks through public-private cooperation. The Communication Toolkit will address Ministries and Regional Governments and has the final aim of leveraging on repetition effects and new pooling resources for future sustainability actions. The OSINT component of the FAST platform will contribute to gender-and-minor-based targeted actions and campaigns.
TYPE OF PEOPLE BENEFITING FROM THE PROJECT:
- EU Agencies
- Prosecutor offices
- Forensic and Int experts
- Minstries on Education
- Labour Inspectors
- Juvenile courts
Assess the state of the art in counter-online THB instruments
Enhance relevant LEAs access to, and monitoring of, open and closed environments online,
Interrupt the financial flow supporting online THB
Strengthen cross-border and inter-agency cooperation
Test new Tools, protocols and joint investigative approaches to counter online THB
Reduce the vulnerability of specific groups
- Procura della Repubblica presso il Tribunale Ordinario di Trento (Italy) - Coordinator
- FONDAZIONE AGENFOR INTERNATIONAL (Italy)
- HOCHSCHULE FUR OFFENTLICHE VERWALTUNG - HFOV (Germany);
- Fundacion Euroarab de alto estudios (Spain)
Find more information on the project's website: coming soon
Funding Scheme: ISFP-2020-AG-THB
Grant Agreement No:[nbsp 101038761
Duration: 24 month, Start: 17.01.2022
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