During last week, about 70 professionals of law enforcement and judicial authorities of the EU and Euromed partner Countries participated in the 1st Euromed Conference on Digital Evidence, which took place in Lisbon in the premises of the Portuguese Judicial Police.
In a world where the use of internet is growing exponentially, the cost and the impact of cybercrime has nowadays a significant impact on our societies, ranging from terrorist use of social media, harvesting of personal information and data to child pornography, among others. Euromed countries are obviously affected by these phenomenon’s when, as an example, Egypt gained more than 14 million Facebook users, Algeria 9.3 million and Morocco 5.5 million in 2016 (Arab Social Media Report 2017).
This joint initiative between Euromed Justice and Police is meeting a critical need while “Online publishing of reprehensive content only takes 5 seconds for a criminal. Convicting this same criminal can, in the opposite, take years” explained Mariusz Zurawek, founder of JustPasteit present in Lisbon.
In this context, the gathering of electronic evidence can be important information to show where a suspect is located, who they are associating with and what they are communicating. To succeed in this task, law enforcement and justice professionals have to adapt to a constantly changing environment, learn new codes and techniques and often carry out their actions in a cross-border context.