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Use of Internet for Terrorist Purposes

Use of Internet for Terrorist Purposes

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231. Law enforcement offcials involved in investigations of the use of the Internet for
terrorist purposes require specialist training in the technical aspects of how terrorists
and other criminals can use the Internet in furtherance of illicit purposes and how law
enforcement can effectively use the Internet as a resource to monitor the activities of
terrorist groups. Training may be provided through public or private sector initiatives,
or a combination of both.

232. Courses on information technology forensics and cybercrime investigations may
be provided at the regional or international level by organizations such as Europol and
INTERPOL. In addition, a number of countries have developed their own law enforce-
ment cybercrime training programmes, either alone or in conjunction with academic
institutes. Training may also be provided through ad hoc training courses, seminars,
conferences and hands-on training provided through the public sector or relevant indus-
try stakeholders.

233. Specialized training may also be available through academic institutions, such as
University College Dublin in Ireland, which in 2006 established the Centre for Cyber-
security and Cybercrime Investigation. Programmes offered by the university include
the law-enforcement-only master’s degree in forensic computing and cybercrime inves-
tigation. Further courses also provide frst responders with training to support their
operational role in connection with cybercrime cases.

234. The Cybercrime Centres of Excellence Network for Training, Research and Edu-
cation (2CENTRE) is a project funded by the European Commission and launched in
2010, with the aim of creating a network of Cybercrime Centres of Excellence for
Training, Research and Education in Europe. Centres are currently being developed in
Belgium, Estonia, France and Ireland. Each national centre is founded on a partnership
among representatives of law enforcement, industry and academia, collaborating to
develop relevant training programmes and qualifcations, as well as tools for use in the
fght against cybercrime. The University College Dublin Centre for Cybersecurity and
Cybercrime Investigation is the leader and coordinator of the project.134

235. Online counter-terrorism training is also available through the Counter-Terrorism
Learning Platform of UNODC, which was launched in 2011.135

The platform is an
interactive tool specifcally designed to train criminal justice practitioners in the fght
against terrorism, while incorporating them into a single virtual community where they
can share their experiences and perspectives to fght terrorism. In addition to allowing
practitioners who have previously participated in training provided by UNODC to con-
nect and create networks with their counterparts, the platform allows them to be kept
abreast of legal developments in the feld, to be informed about upcoming training
opportunities and to engage in continuous learning activities.

134

See www.2centre.eu.

135

See www.unodc.org/unodc/en/terrorism/unodc-counter-terrorism-learning-platform.html.

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