BIG OSINT

Countering Trafficking of Human Beings (THB) Through Big Data and OSINT Analysis


Objectives

  • Assess the state of the art in counter-online trafficking of human beings (THB) instruments, including both legal and technological tools
  • 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 manner 
  • Interrupt the financial flows supporting online THB
  • Strengthen cross-border and inter-agency cooperation
  • Test new tools, protocols and joint investigative approaches to counter THB
  • Reduce the vulnerability of specific groups 

Activities

  • Development of a Legal and Ethical Handbook, which will serve as a guide to ensure that all project activities and outputs meet the highest legal and ethical standards, with particular emphasis on GDPR and the Police Directive
  • Development of a THB Handbook for Online Investigators and Analysts
  • Establishment of National Interagency Teams (NITs) through a dedicated Recruitment Campaign: BIGOSINT will recruit 75 trainers from relevant LEA units and prosecutor offices
  • Training of the National Interagency Teams (NITs): Reaching a total of 100 trainees from LEAs, Judiciary and Forensic Experts
  • Implementation of Live Prototyping Sessions for NITs to run for period of 20 weeks
  • Production of 5 pseudonymized reports as a result of the the Live Prototyping Sessions
  • Drafting of journal articles and dissemination material for the public
  • Dissemination Campaign: Quarterly newsletters, social media engagement
  • Provide Training Materials to CEPOL, Police Academies and Schools of Magistrates and participate to specialized exhibitions such as Milipol 2022
  • Symposium in Venice by the Police School 

Expected results:

  • Improved detection of cyber-enabled trafficking in THB and its victims
  • More wide-spread and effective use of technology for preventing and combatting THB
  • More systematic use of financial investigations in cases of THB through a multi-disciplinary approach
  • More effective and intensified law enforcement operations, including cross-border cooperation and investigations
  • Improved capacity for setting up joint investigations
  • Strengthened operating procedures and protocols tested through simulations and exercises
  • New and strengthened public-private partnerships and further involvement of civil society in the prevention of THB

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