Global Project on Cybercrime (Phase 2): Activities

Germany ratified the Additional Protocol on Xenophobia and Racism (10 June 2011, Strasbourg)

[21 June 2011, Strasbourg] Germany conveyed to the Secretary General, the instrument of ratification of Additional Protocol to the Convention on cybercrime, concerning the criminalization of acts of a racist and xenophobic nature committed through computer systems (CETS 189). The protocol shall enter into force in respect of Germany on 1st October 2011.

Treaty Office website

Current status of signatures, ratifications and accessions to the

  Convention


United Kingdom ratified the Convention on Cybercrime (25 May 2011, Strasbourg)
 

 [12 June 2011, Strasbourg] United Kingdom deposited the instrument of ratification of the Convention on Cybercrime (ETS 185) on 25 May 2011. The Convention on Cybercrime will enter into force as regards United Kingdom on 1 September 2011.
 
 31 States are now Parties to the Convention.

 

Treaty Office website

Current status of signatures, ratifications and accessions to the

  Convention

 


CyberCrime@IPA Project : Regional workshop on LEA/ISP cooperation (Durres, Albania, 9-10 June 2011)

[12 June 2011, Strasbourg] Representatives from law enforcement agencies, prosecution services and the private sector met on 9-10 June, 2011 in Durres (Albania). They discussed the guidelines for cooperation between law enforcement and internet service providers against cybercrime, adopted by the Octopus Conference, Strasbourg, 1-2 April 2008. Law enforcement experts from Germany, France and Slovenia as well as representatives from Microsoft and the Association of the German Internet Industry (ECO) shared their experience.

The Memoranda of Understanding signed in 2010 between LEA and ISP in Georgia as part of the Georgia cybercrime project implemented by the Council of Europe served as an example of good practice. At the end of the workshop several countries recommended that similar agreements be concluded in their respective countries.

   

Agenda

List of Participants

More information on law enforcement and ISPs cooperation

Memorundum of Understanding of Georgia


Finland ratified the Additional Protocol on Xenophobia and Racism (20 May 2011, Strasbourg)

[01 June 2011, Strasbourg] The permanent representative of Finland to the Council of Europe conveyed to the Secretary General, the instrument of ratification of Additional Protocol to the Convention on cybercrime, concerning the criminalization of acts of a racist and xenophobic nature committed through computer systems (CETS 189). The protocol shall enter into force in respect of Finland on 1st September 2011.

Treaty Office website
Current status of signatures, ratifications and accessions to the Additional Protocol on Xenophobia 

   and Racism

 


CyberCrime@EAP Project : Launching Conference (Tallinn, Estonia, 30-31 May 2011)

 

[01 June 2011, Strasbourg] This new project was launched through a regional conference on effective measures against cybercrime held in Tallinn in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Estonia.

The meeting was opened by the Minister of Justice of Estonia, Mr. Kristen Michal, who underlined the importance of cyber-security and the fight against cybercrime for Estonia and its effort to support counter-measures at the international level.

The conference discussed the priorities of project countries with regard to cybercrime and electronic evidence. Most project activities will be regional. This is to reinforce regional cooperation which is considered essential given the trans-national nature of cybercrime. Regional cooperation will furthermore help integrate EaP countries into European and international efforts against cybercrime.

During the meeting, the Steering Committee adopted the workplan of the project and agreed on implementation modalities.

Agenda

List of participants

Speech of the Minister of Justice of Estonia


CyberCrime@IPA Project: Law enforcement training strategy: Study visit to University College Dublin (23-27 May 2011, Dublin, Ireland)

[01 June 2011, Strasbourg] Cybercrime investigators and representatives of law-enforcement training institutions from project areas met in Dublin to initiate a cybercrime law enforcement training strategy.

The meeting was hosted by the Centre for Cybercrime Investigation at University College Dublin (UCD) and resulted in the following:

·          Creation of a regional working group for law enforcement training

·          Draft strategy for law enforcement training

·          Application for ECTEG (European Cybercrime Training and Education Group) training materials

·          Nominations for participants in the Master of Sciences (MSc) programme in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation offered by UCD. 

 

Agenda

 


CyberCrime@IPA Project : Regional Training Meeting on International Judicial Cooperation (Dubrovnik, Croatia, 16-17 May 2011)

[22 May 2011, Strasbourg] Representatives of the Ministries of Justice, prosecutors and police officers from the high tech crime units of the project areas as well as experts from Romania and United Kingdom attended the event.

The overall objective of the workshop was to discuss good practices and address the difficulties encountered to cooperate at the regional and international level in cybercrime investigations. How to enhance such cooperation, improve the responsiveness of the 24/7 points of contact and the efficiency of MLA as well as how to ensure a better cooperation between the high tech crime units were the key questions addressed by the meeting.

During discussions the preparation of a manual on international cooperation in cybercrime matters has been initiated and the delegations made recommendations on the steps to be taken in order to enhance international cooperation against cybercrime.

   

Agenda

List of Participants

Presentations

 


CyberCrime@IPA Project: Regional Workshop on Judicial Training (Ohrid, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, 11-12 May 2011)

[16 May 2011, Strasbourg] Representatives of the judicial training institutions, judges, prosecutors and international experts met in Ohrid to discuss judicial training strategies on cybercrime and electronic evidence.

The event received wide media coverage and benefited from the participation of the Minister of Justice, Mr. Mihajlo Manevski. "Computer crime is a type of organized crime with very serious consequences. The increasing of cybercrime requires greater training but also the implementation of the law" said Mr. Manevski.

On this occasion a regional working group was created to develop - with the support of the project - training manuals for basic and advanced training courses. Furthermore, the delegations made recommendations on the steps to be taken to ensure sustainable judicial training in the region on these issues.

      

 

Agenda

List of Participants
Presentations

Press release: Time

 


Pacific regional workshop on cybercrime (Tonga, 27-29 April 2011)

 

[28 April 2011, Strasbourg] On 27 April, Lord Tu’ivakano, Prime Minister of Tonga, opened the Pacific regional workshop on cybercrime legislation in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The event is aimed at supporting 14 Pacific Island States in the strengthening of legislation in line with the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime. It is jointly organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the Australian Attorney General’s Department and the Council of Europe. The workshop follows the Tonga Declaration of 2010 where ICT Ministers of the Pacifics agreed to put cybercrime legislation in place by 2015 and directed their officials to cooperate with the Council of Europe and other organisations in this respect.
 

 

Agenda

Outcomes

Press releases: Tonga Government Portal - Scoop World

On-line portal for Pacific ICT information


Cooperation against cybercrime in South Asia (5-6 April 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka)

 

 

[15 April 2011, Strasbourg] An international workshop jointly organised by ICTA of Sri Lanka and the Council of Europe helped reinforce cooperation against cybercrime in South Asia.
The workshop, held in Colombo on 5 and 6 April 2011, allowed more than one hundred public and private sector representatives from Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to exchange good practices and to define steps torwards stronger legislation in line with the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, the strengthening of high-tech crime units and incident response teams, as well as more effective interagency, public-private and international cooperation.

Workshop report and conclusions
Presentations
Press releases: Daily news - The Island

 


CyberCrime@IPA Project: Regional workshop on legislation (24-25 March 2011, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

[04 April 2011, Strasbourg] The regional workshop organised under CyberCrime@IPA project gathered representatives of ministries of justice, prosecutors and judges dealing with cybercrime cases. 

The aim of the workshop was to provide advice to project countries/areas on the strengthening of legislation and follow up to the recommendations of the cybercrime situation report drafted under the project.
During discussions international experts provided advice on developing comprehensive legislation that includes efficient and fast criminal procedure measures and adequate conditions and safeguards in place.

The representatives of the participating countries presented their national legislative approach and raised the need for more consistent training on electronic evidence for judges and prosecutors enabling them to deal with such cases.
At the end of the workshop each delegation provided information on the current status of criminal law reform and drafted recommendations on possible steps to be taken to strengthen the legal framework on cybercrime in their country.


Agenda
List of Participants
Presentations

 


CyberCrime@IPA Project: Regional Workshop on Criminal Money Flows on the Internet (17-18 March 2011, Belgrade, Serbia)

[04 April 2011, Strasbourg] The regional workshop organised under CyberCrime@IPA project gathered prosecutors, judges, police officers and representatives of financial investigation units (FIUs). Bodies responsible for the recovery of criminal assets, financial institutions and internet service providers (ISPs) also participated in the workshop.

The workshop was aimed at raising awareness of the need for confiscating proceeds from crime on the internet, strengthening interagency and public-private cooperation against criminal money on the internet and identifying countermeasures and good practices that could be implemented in the project countries and areas.

The participants of the workshop recommended a number of specific measures to be implemented in their respective countries in terms of criminal material and procedural law, procedures for mutual legal assistance, further specialisation and training for law enforcement and judiciary, cooperation and exchange of information with the private sector, interagency and international cooperation as well as raising public awareness.

Agenda
List of Participants
Presentations

 


New project on cybercrime in Eastern Europe

[25 March 2011, Strasbourg] The European Union and the Council of Europe have launched a new joint project on cooperation against cybercrime in Eastern Europe. The countries participating in the project are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The launching event will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, on 5-6 May 2011.

The funding for CyberCrime@EAP is provided by the EU under the Council of Europe Eastern Partnership Facility that supports the reform process in the six partner countries in four core fields. The project started on 1 March 2011 with a duration of thirty months and a budget of Euro 724,000.

Summary
Eastern Partnership initiative (media advisory)


Cybercrime resources available in Albanian, Croatian, Bosnian, Macedonian and Turkish

 

[8 March 2011, Strasbourg] The concept paper for the training of judges and prosecutors in cybercrime and electronic evidence matters is now available in Albanian, Bosnian, Macedonian and Turkish. This concept is aimed at helping judicial training institutions develop and integrate such training in regular initial and in-service training. It will furthermore facilitate networking among judges and prosecutors to enhance their knowledge as well as consistent support to training initiatives by interested partners.

 

Concept Paper on cybercrime training for judges and prosecutors: click here

 
The Guidelines for the cooperation between law enforcement and internet service providers against cybercrime
were adopted by the global Conference "Cooperation against Cybercrime" (Council of Europe) on 1-2 April 2008 to help law enforcement and service providers to organise their cooperation  while respecting each others' roles and responsibilities as well as the rights of internet users.  

 

Guidelines: click here

 

The translations were realised within the framework of the joint EU/CE regional project “Regional Co-operation in Criminal Justice: Strengthening capacities in the fight against cybercrime” (CyberCrime@IPA) 

Both documents will soon be available in Serbian.

 


CyberCrime@IPA Project : Launching Conference (Istanbul, Turkey, 17-18 February 2011)

 

[23 Feb 2011, Strasbourg] The event was organised under the CyberCrime@IPA joint regional project of the European Union and the Council of Europe on cooperation against cybercrime under the Instrument of Pre-Accession.

The conference gathered decision makers and members of the project teams from the eight project areas, representatives of partners in the project as well as experts from Estonia, Georgia, the Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ) and the private sector (Microsoft).

The conference resulted in the adoption of the project work plan and the finalisation of the cybercrime situation report. Senior officials expressed strong commitment towards domestic measures and regional cooperation against cybercrime.

 

       

 

Agenda
List of participant

 


Octopus conference on cybercrime 2011 : NEW DATES

[02 Feb 2011, Strasbourg] The 2011 conference on cooperation against cybercrime is finally scheduled for 21 to 23 November 2011 in Strasbourg.

 

Themes to include:

10th anniversary of the Budapest Convention: SWOT now?

CyberCrime strategies

Cybercrime capacity building

Monitoring progress against cybercrime

 


FIGHTING CYBERCRIME AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ON THE INTERNET
Cooperation with the Internet Industry

[17-18 March 2011, Lisbon] The Council of Europe will contribute to an event organised by the Academy of European Law, which is intended as a platform to debate and assess all legal measures to prevent and combat the production, processing, possession and distribution of child pornography material on the internet and to promote the effective investigation and prosecution of offences in this area of law.
The most recent European legal acts and complementary measures such as the 2007 Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (CETS No. 201) and the current EU proposal for a Directive on combating the sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, repealing Framework Decision 2004/68/JHA, will be debated.

 

Link to the program and registration

 


Regional workshop on protecting children against sexual exploitation of children (Kyiv, 7-8 December 2010)

[16 Dec 2010, Strasbourg] This event was organised within the framework of the joint CoE/EU Project on Strengthening and Protecting Women's and Children's Rights in Ukraine (TRES) in cooperation with the CoE global Project on Cybercrime and with the support of Microsoft.

Officials responsible for law reform and investigators from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation and Ukraine participated in the event and shared their national experiences in fighting against online sexual abuse of children.

Public and private sector organisations and initiatives engaged in this field, such as the European Union, OECD, Interpol, ICMEC, ECPAT, eNACSO, La Strada and Microsoft promoted good practices and contributed to the discussion on strategies and policies to promote a safer Internet for children.

 

More information

 


New project on cybercrime in South-Eastern Europe

[19 Oct 2010, Strasbourg]
The European Union and the Council of Europe have agreed to launch a new joint project on cooperation against cybercrime in South-Eastern Europe. The project will start on 1 November 2010 with a duration of two years and a budget of Euro 2.8 million.

 

Summary


Cybercrime training for judges and prosecutors in Malaysia

[18 Oct 2010, Strasbourg] A cybercrime training workshop for judges and prosecutors will be held at the Judicial and Legal Training Institute at Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia from 25 to 29 October 2010. Council of Europe will contribute this event through the Global Project on Cybercrime.

 

Training manual

Training concept for judges and prosecutors


Prosecuting cybercrime - Seminar in Indonesia

[23 Sep 2010, Yogyakarta] An international seminar on prosecuting cybercrime and collecting digital evidence was organised in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on 23 September 2010 by the Directorate General of Information and Communication Technology. The Council of Europe contributed to this event. Discussions on draft laws showed that Indonesia is bringing its legislation in line with the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.

 

Agenda

 


Internet Governance Forum, Vilnius, Lithuania, 14-17 September 2010

[6 Sep 2010, Strasbourg] The Council of Europe will contribute to a range of workshops and sessions at the IGF in Vilnius. These include a workshop to discuss the Budapest Convention as a common basis for joint action against cybercrime.

 

Workshop on Cybercrime: Common standards and joint action

The CoE at the IGF

Site of the IGF

 


"Meeting the challenge of cybercrime in Latin America" - regional workshop in Mexico City (26-27 August 2010)

[6 Sep 2010, Strasbourg] The Council of National Security of Mexico and the Council of Europe organised a regional workshop for countries of Latin America that are in the process of adopting relevant legislation or are considering accession to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.

 

Agenda

Presentations

 


Harmonising cybercrime legislation in Northern Africa - regional workshop (Rabat, Morocco, 27-28 July 2010)

[23 July 2010, Strasbourg] The United Nations Commission For Africa, Microsoft and the Council of Europe will cooperate in a regional workshop for countries of Northern Africa with the aim of promoting harmonisation of cybercrime legislation.

Draft outline

Working document

 


Voluntary contributions to the Project on Cybercrime

[23 July 2010, Strasbourg] The global Project on Cybercrime depends on voluntary funding. In July 2010, Monaco and Microsoft announced additional contributions to allow this project to continue making a global impact.


Strengthening cybercrime legislation in Cambodia (Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 13 July 2010)

[23 July 2010, Strasbourg] The Council of Europe supported the Working Group responsible for cybercrime legislation under the Council of Ministers of Cambodia in the organisation of a national workshop. The event was preceded by detailed discussions on current and proposed legislation on cybercrime.

Programme

 


Updated country profiles on Germany and Portugal

[23 July 2010, Strasbourg] Additional country profiles are now available for Germany and Portugal. Profiles serve as useful resources for countries in the process of developing legislation. Knowledge of the legislation of other jurisdictions furthermore facilitates international cooperation.

Country profile Germany in English  -  in German

Country profile Portugal (bilingual)

 


Meeting of ICT ministers of the Pacific region (Tonga, 16-17 June 2010)

[23 July 2010, Strasbourg] The Ministers and senior officials responsible for information technologies of the Pacific Region meeting in Tonga agreed to work with the Council of Europe and other organisations in the strengthening of legislation and other measures on cybercrime. The Council of Europe through the Project on Cybercrime had contributed a discussion paper to this meeting.

Agenda

Discussion paper

 


Project on Cybercrime in Georgia: Closing Conference (14 May 2010, Tbilisi)

[7 May 2010, Strasbourg] The EU/COE Joint Project on Cybercrime in Georgia, which has been implemented between 1 June 2009 – 31 May 2010, was designed to contribute to the security of and confidence in information and communication technologies in Georgia by helping the authorities develop a consistent policy on cybercrime in view of implementing the Convention on Cybercrime (ETS 185).

In less than one year, with the support of the Project activities and benefited from the strong commitment and involvement of the Georgian project counterparts (the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs and other national institutions), Georgia has made important progress in fighting cybercrime.

The Closing Conference represented an opportunity for the Project partners, the European Union and the Council of Europe to review the achievements of the Project and its impact on the fight against cybercrime in Georgia.

Agenda
Experts' presentations
List of participants
Press release of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia (Georgian only)

Project Summary
Project Website


Project on Cybercrime in Georgia: Regional Workshop on Cybercrime (13 May 2010, Tbilisi)

[7 May 2010, Strasbourg] Taking into account the transnational dimension of cybercrime, the Regional Workshop on Cybercrime was intended to focus on strengthening international cooperation in cybercrime investigations. Representatives and experts on cybercrime from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Italy, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom as well as Interpol and the private sector participated in the event and shared best practices and experiences.

The workshop particularly focused on the:

- state and effectiveness of cybercrime legislation harmonised with international standards;

- strengthening of skills of law enforcement and criminal justice authorities regarding the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of cybercrime;

- cooperation between law enforcement and service providers in such investigations;

- enhancing international cooperation on cybercrime.

Agenda
Experts' presentations
List of participants
Press release of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia (Georgian only)


Project on Cybercrime in Georgia: “Train the Trainer” course (13 May 2010, Tbilisi)

[7 May 2010, Strasbourg] The Project supported the development of training programmes on cybercrime and electronic evidence for law enforcement, judges and prosecutors in Georgia. This course contributed to the reinforcement of Georgian training capacities by “training the trainers” in delivering such courses. This was the second and last module of the course which started in March 2010.


Anti-Phishing Working Group: 4th Annual Counter-eCrime Operations Summit (CeCOS) (11 - 13 May 2010, Sao Paulo)

[12 April 2010, Strasbourg] This three-day Summit will focus on the operational challenges and the development of common resources for the first responders and forensic professionals who protect consumers and enterprises from the ecrime threat every day. Presenters will proffer case studies of national and regional economies under attack, narratives of successful trans-national forensic cooperation as well as models for cooperation and unified response against ecrime and data resources for forensic activities.

More information on the 2010 CeCoS


Council of Europe at the UN Crime Prevention Congress (12-19 April 2010, Brazil)

[22 April 2010, Strasbourg] "The implementation of existing tools and instruments, in particular the Budapest Convention, is the most effective way to help countries worldwide address cybercrime'' – this was the main message successfully delivered at the 12th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

Adopted on 19 April, the ''Salvador Declaration'' confirms the need for a global capacity building effort to strenghten the full implementation of existing treaties and standards – while continuing to study new remedies.

Calling for an action plan, the Council of Europe expressed its readiness to cooperate with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the European Union and others in reviewing needs, mobilising resources and providing technical assistance.

Summary of outcome regarding cybercrime
Contribution of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to the UN Crime Congress: English / French
Salvador Declaration
Speech of Mr Philippe Boillat
Website of the UN Crime Congress


Octopus Conference asks UN Crime Congress to promote global action against Cybercrime based on existing instruments

[1 April 2010, Strasbourg] The Octopus Conference calls in its "Key Messages" for the best possible use of already available tools, instruments, good practices and initiatives and in particular of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime which implementation should be worldwide to sustain legislatives reforms already underway.

The Conference recommends the launching by the Council of Europe and the United Nations of a global action plan to get a clear picture of criminal justice capacities and urgent needs, mobilise resources, provide support and assess progress made.

The Conference was held on 23-25 March 2010 in Strasbourg and gathered more than 300 cybercrime experts representing countries from all continents, international organisations and the private sector to enhance their cooperation against Cybercrime

Key messages from the Octopus Conference
Contribution of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to the UN Crime Congress: English / French
Council of Europe press release on Octopus call for a worldwide implementation of the Budapest Convention

Live Webcast of the 12th UN Crime Congress


Reference to the Octopus Key Messages made by the French Minister of Interior (31 March - 1 April 2010, Lille)

[1 April 2010, Strasbourg] The "Key Messages" of Octopus were reflected in the speech delivered by the French Minister of Interior, Mr Brice Hortefeux at the 4th International Forum on Cybercriminality. This Forum is organised by the French Gendarmerie on 31 March - 1 April 2010 in Lille.

Video of the French Minister of Interior speech

More information on the 4th International Forum on Cybercriminality
Key messages from the Octopus Conference
Website of the Octopus Conference


"Key Messages from the Octopus Conference" (23-25 March 2010)

[26 March 2010, Strasbourg] The "Key messages from the Octopus Conference" adopted during the final plenary session of the Conference are now available.

Key messages from the Octopus Conference

Final list of participants


Videos: Octopus Interface Conference on Cooperation against Cybercrime (23-25 March 2010, Strasbourg)

[24 March 2010, Strasbourg] The videos of the plenary sessions and some workshops are available at:

Videos of 23 March
-Morning Part 1: Original Language / English / French
-Morning Part 2: Original Language / English / French
-Afternoon Part 1: Original Language / English / French
-Afternoon Part 2: Original Language / English / French

Videos of 24 March
-Morning Part 1: Original Language / English / French
-Morning Part 2: Original Language / English / French
-Afternoon Part 1: Original Language / English / French
-Afternoon Part 2: Original Language / English / French

Videos of 25 March

-Morning Part 1: Original language / english / french
-Morning Part 2: Original language / english / french


Portugal ratified the Convention on Cybercrime and its Additional Protocol on Xenophobia and Racism (24 March 2010, Strasbourg)


[24 March 2010, Strasbourg]
Portugal deposited the instrument of ratification of the Convention on Cybercrime (ETS 185) and its Additional Protocol concerning the criminalisation of acts of racist and xenophobic nature committed through computer systems (ETS 189) on 24 March 2010, during the Octopus Interface Conference. Both treaties will enter into force in Portugal on 1 July 2010.

 

Treaty Office website

Current status of signatures, ratifications and accessions to the Convention
Current status of signatures, ratifications and accessions to the Additional Protocol on Xenophobia and Racism


Octopus Interface Conference on Cooperation against Cybercrime (23-25 March 2010, Strasbourg)

[17 March 2010, Strasbourg] The Octopus Interface Conference 2010 will take place on 23-25 March 2010 in Strabourg. It will be launched with a high-level panel on “Security and fundamental rights – what rules for the internet”. The conference will focus in particular on the need for a global capacity building effort to enable countries worldwide to cope with crimes committed on the Internet.

More than 300 experts from all over the world, representing governments, law enforcement authorities, international organisations and the Internet industry, will discuss:

- Security and privacy in cloud computing
- Effective measures against the sexual exploitation and abuse of children on the internet

- The Budapest Convention on Cybercrime as a global framework

- Cybercrime training for judges and prosecutors

- Law enforcement responsibilities: the role of high-tech crime units, CERTs/CSIRTs, ICANN, registries and registrars

- Mapping networks against cybercrime

- Technical cooperation against cybercrime

The Conference will take place in the Palais de l'Europe of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. For those not able to participate there will be a live webcast of plenary and some of the workshop sessions at http://tv.coe.int/webcast.

Programme

Octopus Conference website

Special file on the Octopus Conference

Thematic file on cybercrime


Monaco, Estonia and Microsoft contribute to the Global Project on Cybercrime (February - March 2010, Strasbourg)

[16 March 2010, Strasbourg] Monaco and Estonia have become new partners and joined the global effort against cybercrime by making new voluntary contributions to the Global Project on Cybercrime.
Microsoft continues to provide a strong and highly valuable support in the global undertaking against cybercrime through new funding provided to the Project.

Since its launching in March 2009, the Global Project on Cybercrime (Phase 2) has been co-funded by Romania, Monaco, Estonia, Microsoft and McAfee.


Montenegro and Azerbaijan ratified the Convention on Cybercrime (March 2010, Strasbourg)

[16 March 2010, Strasbourg] Montenegro and Azerbaijan deposited the instrument of ratification of the Convention on Cybercrime (ETS 185), respectively on 3 and 15 March 2010. The Convention on Cybercrime will enter into force as regards this two States on 1 July 2010.

28 States are now Parties to the Convention.

Treaty Office website

Current status of signatures, ratifications and accessions to the Convention


Cybercrime training in Pakistan (23-24 February 2010, Islamabad)

 

[24 February 2010, Strasbourg] The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Microsoft and the Council of Europe jointly organised two cybercrime training sessions for law enforcement officers.

Furthermore, round table discussions were held on institutionalising cybercrime training with FIA as well as judicial training with the Federal Judicial Academy. In addition, an exchange of views took place with the Pakistan Information Security Assocation (PISA). These events will also feed into ongoing legislative reforms and help bring the legislation of Pakistan further in line with the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.


7th Safer Internet Day (9 February 2010)

[20 January 2010, Strasbourg] Organised by INSAFE and supported by the European Union through the Safer Internet Programme, the main theme of this edition will be personal image management online, with the slogan "Think before you post!". The purpose is to raise awareness among young people on the potential consequences of their actions before posting photos.

The European Commission will organise an event  on “social networking, children and young people” at the Parliament of the European Union in Strasbourg. Speakers and panelists will also have the opportunity to discuss these issues during a dinner-debate organised by the Council of Europe on 8 February 2010.

Website of the Safer Internet Program
Website of Insafe


OLAF Conference on seizure, confiscation and asset recovery (4-6 February 2010, Milan)

[20 January 2010, Strasbourg]
The OLAF conference will address the issues of the European Union legislation on seizure, confiscation and asset recovery and its enforcement in the European countries. The Council of Europe will contribute to discussion on the implementation of the Convention on Cybercrime as regards the seizure of computer data.
 

Agenda


Pre-West African Internet Fraud Summit Workshop (2-3 February 2010, Nigeria)

[20 January 2010, Strasbourg]
This workshop organised by EFCC and Microsoft with the support of UNODC (United Nations Office on drugs and crime) is aimed at gathering major international stakeholders who have an interest and a crucial expertise in fighting cybercrime and fraud in West Africa, and at discussing the content, the goals and the structure of the upcoming First West-African Internet Fraud Summit, due to take place later in 2010.


Workshop on Cybercrime Legislation in ASEAN Member States (26-28 January 2010, Manila)

[20 January 2010, Strasbourg] ASEAN, the European Commission and the Council of Europe jointly organise this workshop with the objective to support the strenghtening of cybercrime legislation in ASEAN Member States in line with European standards. The participants will share experience and advice to reforms underway and discuss measures to complementing legislation such as training and cooperation with service providers.

Agenda


4th Council of Europe Data Protection Day (28 January 2010)
 

[20 January 2010, Strasbourg] The objective of the Data Protection Day, that is celebrated since 2007 by the Council of Europe is to raise awareness on data protection and inform citizens of their rights and of good practices.
 
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel in partnership with public and private partners elaborated a booklet to present the main activities planned all over Europe on 28 January 2010 and will organise on 29-30 January 2010 in Brussels a conference on Computers, Privacy & Data Protection.

Council of Europe Data Protection Day website
Data Protection Day Booklet
More information on the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection conference


Morocco: Regional Cybersecurity Conference (21-22 January 2010, Morocco)

[20 January 2010, Strasbourg] The Council of Europe will participate in this conference on “Cybersecurity and cyberconfidence: strategies, awareness and capacity building” organised by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and New Technologies of Morocco and the Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. The participants will have the opportunity to share experience and the latest knowledge in cyberthreats, national cybersecurity policy and strategy.

Agenda


Sixth bi-annual meeting of the OAS (Organisation of American States)- "REMJA" (Meetings of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas) Working Group on Cybercrime (21-22 January 2010, Washington D.C)

[20 January 2010, Strasbourg] The Working Group on Cybercrime is composed of governmental experts with responsibilities in this area or in the area of international cooperation for investigation and prosecution of cybercrime in the member states of the OAS. Every two years, the working group convenes a meeting of experts from the member states to consider and implement mandates received from the REMJA, act as a framework to facilitate information and experience sharing, and consider and formulate recommendations for the REMJA on matters related to cybercrime and electronic evidence.

The objective of this meeting is to evaluate the progress achieved and define new concrete cooperation actions to prevent, investigate and punish crimes committed through information systems or against them. The Working Group on Cybercrime will analyze the problems that have been detected, the progress achieved in international cooperation in this area, and will formulate recommendations on new actions to be executed which will be considered by the "REMJA" Meeting to be held in Brasilia, Brazil, from February 24 to 26, 2010.


OAS Secretariat's Department of Legal Cooperation's website
Agenda


Registration for the 2010 Octopus Interface Conference is open (23-25 March 2010, Strasbourg)

[13 January 2010, Strasbourg] Registration forms are now available on the website of the 2010 Octopus Interface Conference to be held on 23-25 March 2010 in Strasbourg.

Website of the 2010 Octopus Interface Conference


More resources available in non-official languages

[11 January 2010, Strasbourg] The Guidelines for the cooperation between law enforcement and internet service providers against cybercrime as well as the concept paper on cybercrime training for judges and prosecutors and the explanatory report to the Convention on Cybercrime are now available in additional non-official languages.

Guidelines for LEA/ISP cooperation: Arabic / Georgian / Spanish/ Portuguese
Concept paper on cybercrime training for judges and prosecutors: Arabic / Georgian / Portuguese / Spanish / Russian
Explanatory report to the Convention on Cybercrime (ETS 185): Spanish


Guidelines for the cooperation between LEA and ISP against cybercrime: reference in ECHR judgment

 

[18 December 2009, Strasbourg] The European Court of Human Rights referred for the first time in the case of K.U v. Finland to the Guidelines for the cooperation between law enforcement and internet service providers against cybercrime adopted at the Octopus Conference on 1-2 April 2008. The Guidelines are presented as relevant international materials applying in this case related to the protection of the right to respect for private and family life (article 8 of the European Convention for Human Rights)

 

Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights


Training for judges on cybercrime/electronic evidence, including online child abuse (6-10 December 2009, Egypt)

[18 December 2009, Strasbourg] On 6-9 December 2009 a training workshop for judges on cybercrime and child abuse was organised in Cairo by the National Centre for Judicial Studiesin cooperation with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Egypt, Microsoft, INHOPE, ICMEC and the Council of Europe (same 2-day module delivered consecutively to two groups of judges, a total of 187 judges from commercial courts).

The purpose of the workshop was to provide judges with basic knowledge of what are cybercrime and electronic evidence, how judges can deal with them, what substantive and procedural laws as well as technologies can be applied, and how urgent and efficient measures as well as extensive international co-operation can be taken. The workshop placed particular emphasis on the protection of children.

On 10 December 2009 a Round table discussion was held to discuss further cooperation on training of judges in cybercrime/electronic evidence, including online child abuse between the National Centre for Judicial Studies and the Council of Europe.


4th Annual Internet Governance Forum (15-18 November 2009, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt)

 

[1 December 2009, Strasbourg] The fourth annual Internet Governance Forum gathered over 1800 participants from 112 countries.


The discussions examined:
 

- ways to improve Internet access by all and promote local content and cultural diversity;
 

- ways to ensure the safety of the Internet and fight cybercrime;

manage key Internet resources such as the root server system, technical standards, interconnection and telecommunications, the domain name system and Internet protocol addresses.


The meeting also discussed new issues related to the continued growth of social networks, and the ensuing governance issues that are emerging, in particular, the need for new approaches regarding privacy and data protection, rules applicable to user-generated content and copyrighted material, and issues of freedom of expression and illegal content.
Parallel to the main sessions on these issues, more than 100 workshops, best practice forums, dynamic coalition meetings and open forums were held around the broad themes of the main sessions and the overall mandate of the IGF.
 

For further information:

CoE contribution to the IGF: "Internet - Creating opportunities for all"

CoE press release

Website of the IGF
IGF site of the Council of Europe

CoE special files on the IGF


Vietnam: Meeting on cybercrime and data protection (18-19 November 2009, Hanoi)

 

[20 November 2009, Strasbourg] The Council of Europe contributed to a regional colloquium on « les enjeux juridiques du développement des technologies de l’information et de la communication » organised by the Maison du Droit Vietnamo-Francaise.

Participants from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand discussed recent amendments to the Criminal Code which define additional cyber-offences as well as further reforms that are envisaged for 2010 and 2011 and that are to bring Vietnamese legislation in line with the Convention on Cybercrime. The event also created awareness of the need for data protection standards such as those of the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Protection of Personal Data (CETS 108 and 181).

Under the Project on Cybercrime, the Council of Europe had prepared an analysis of Vietnamese legislation against the provisions of the Convention on Cybercrime. This treaty is now also available in Vietnamese language.


The new Council of Europe newsletter on Cybercrime

[3 November 2009, Strasbourg] The Project on Cybercrime has launched an e-newsletter to share information on the activities carried out under the Council of Europe’s cooperation activities against cybercrime.

If you wish to subscribe, please send an email to cybercrime@coe.int


Council of Europe at the Internet Governance Forum (15-18 November 2009, Sharm El Sheikh)

 

[28 October 2009, Strasbourg] The Council of Europe will co-organise a number of sessions at the forthcoming Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting related to cybercrime, including:

 

Workshop 93 on children

Best practice forum 87 on 2Centre

Main session on security, openness and privacy

Workshop 179 on cybercrime training for judiciary

Workshop 257 on cloud computing

Best practice forum 68 on cybercrime legislation

Workshop 288 on child online safety indicators

 

For further information:

CoE contribution to the IGF: "Internet - Creating opportunities for all"

CoE press release

Website of the IGF
IGF site of the Council of Europe

CoE special files on the IGF


Data protection: Public consultation on profiling

 

[19 October 2009, Strasbourg] The Consultative Committee on data protection of the Council of Europe is preparing a recommendation on data protection in the framework of profiling. Comments can be submitted by 30 October and a hearing is planned for 18 November 2009.

 

To participate in the consultations
List of Council of Europe recommendations
Convention CETS 108 on data protection
Additional Protocol CETS 181 on supervisory authorities and transborder data flows

Report on cybercrime investigations and data protection

 


Anti-phishing education landing page of the APWG

[19 October 2009, Strasbourg] The Phishing Education Landing Page presented by the Anti-Phishing Working Group at the Octopus Conference in March 2009 is now online. It delivers online safety education to consumers who have clicked on links in phishing mails by redirecting them away from the URLs of decommissioned phishing websites onward to a page of Internet security and safety instruction hosted by the APWG.

Landing Page
White Paper


Regional workshop on cybercrime legislation (13-15 October 2009, Asunciòn, Paraguay)

 

[16 October 2009, Strasbourg] The Council of Europe - through the Project on Cybercrime - contributed to a regional legislative workshop for representatives from Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay. It was held in Asunciòn, Paraguay, and organised by the Organisation of American States and the US Department of Justice.

 

OAS file on the workshop
OAS resources on cybercrime legislation

For information on cybercrime legislation in Latin America:  www.ciberdelincuencia.org (Spanish only)

 


"Think Privacy" Campaign (October 2009 - January 2010, Europe)

[16 October 2009, Strasbourg] The second edition of the "Think Privacy" Campaign organised in view of Data Protection Day celebrated every year on 28 January has been launched on 15 October. It will engage young adults in a European-wide multimedia competition, and raise awareness of data protection and privacy amongst citizens.

More information on the Campaign and Data Protection Day
More information on the Council of Europe Data Protection Day


Adoption of a Concept paper on cybercrime training for judges and prosecutors (September 2009, Strasbourg)

[12 October 2009, Strasbourg] The Lisbon Network of the Council of Europe approved in September 2009 the concept paper for the training of judges and prosecutors in cybercrime and electronic evidence matters. This concept is aimed at helping judicial training institutions develop and integrate such training in regular initial and in-service training. It will furthermore facilitate networking among judges and prosecutors to enhance their knowledge as well as consistent support to training initiatives by interested partners.

Following up on the Octopus conference held in March 2009, the concept was prepared as a joint effort by a multi-stakeholder working group under the Project on Cybercrime and the Lisbon Network of Judicial Training Institutions.

Concept paper: English / French


New typology exercise on criminal money flows on the internet: methods, trends and multi-stakeholder counteraction (September 2009, Strasbourg)


[12 October 2009, Strasbourg] On 24 September 2009, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL) decided to undertake a typology exercise on criminal money on the internet. It will be carried out between November 2009 and December 2010 and will examine criminal money flows and methods of money laundering through information and communication technologies (ICT), including the Internet. It will furthermore document good practices such as multi-stakeholder action aimed at the search and confiscation of crime proceeds and prevention.

The exercise will be led by the Russian Federation and the Council of Europe, including the MONEYVAL Secretariat, the Project on Cybercrime and the MOLI-RU Project against money laundering and the financing of terrorism in the Russian Federation.
 

European Dialogue on Internet Governance (14-15 September 2009, Geneva) 

[17 September 2009, Strasbourg] The European Dialogue on Internet Governance included a workshop on cybercrime and cybersecurity.

For more information: www.eurodig.org
Council of Europe presentation on cybercrime, security and privacy


Workshop on institutionalising cybercrime training for judges and prosecutors (3-4 September 2009, Strasbourg)

[7 September 2009, Strasbourg] Representatives of training institutions, judges and prosecutors from eleven countries, the private sector as well as the European Judicial Training Network and the Lisbon Network of the Council of Europe participated in the event.

After a multi-stakeholder consultation process – for the first time – a concept for the training of judges and prosecutors in cybercrime and electronic evidence matters was elaborated to help judicial training institutions develop such programmes and to integrate such training in regular initial and in-service training.
 


“Electronic Newsletter on the Fight Against Cybercrime” (ENAC)

[17 August 2009, Strasbourg] The second issue of ENAC, a Cybex initiative cofunded by the European Commission’s Directorate General Freedom, Security and Justice, is now published and available at:

http://www.cybex.es/e-newsletter/2009/indice_nl0908_en.html


Cybercrime training for judges and prosecutors (3-4 September 2009, Strasbourg) 

[23 July 2009, Strasbourg] Representatives of training institutions from eleven European countries as well as other stakeholders convened in Strasbourg to prepare the draft of a concept for the training of judges and prosecutors in matters related to cybercrime and electronic evidence. This follows a working group meeting in Lisbon on 6 July 2009, and was organised by the Project on Cybercrime in cooperation with the Lisbon Network of judicial training institutions.

Agenda


Cooperation with Nigeria (30 July 2009, Abuja)

[23 July 2009, Strasbourg] The Office of the Attorney General of Nigeria organised to discuss legislative developments and possible accession of Nigeria to the Convention on Cybercrime.


Romania ratifies the Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime (16 July 2009, Strasbourg) 

[23 July 2009, Strasbourg] On 16 July 2009, Romania deposited the instrument of ratification of the Additional Protocol to the Convention on cybercrime, concerning the criminalisation of acts of a racist and xenophobic nature committed through computer systems (ETS 189).

For more information: Treaty Office


Cooperation with Morocco (14-15 July 2009, Rabat) 

[23 July 2009, Strasbourg] On 14 and 15 July 2009, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and New Technologies of Morocco and the Council of Europe organised a joint workshop on cybercrime at the Institute of Judicial Studies in Rabat. The workshop was followed by a series of bi-lateral meetings to discuss the strengthening of cybercrime legislation and the possible accession of Morocco to the Convention on Cybercrime. This treaty is one of several conventions that are under consideration since Morocco was granted the “statut avancé” of association with the European Union in October 2008.


Informal meeting on "The Future of Cybercrime and the needs of training of judges and prosecutors on Cybercrime" (6 July 2009, Lisbon)

[7 July 2009, Strasbourg] In preparation of the workshop on institutionalizing cybercrime training for judges and prosecutors through the Lisbon Network, which will be organised by the Council of Europe on 3-4 September 2009 in Strasbourg, an informal meeting on “The Future of Cybercrime and the needs of training of judges and prosecutors on Cybercrime” took place at the Centre for Judicial Studies. The meeting promoted the exchange of points of view and perspectives between a small number of international experts, with the purpose to analyse and debate the added value of the multidisciplinary focus of the training of judges and prosecutors in cybercrime matters.

Agenda


Resource of the Anti-Phishing Working Group


[19 May 2009, Strasbourg] The Phishing Education Landing Pages project at the APWG is now operational. This project had been presented at the Octopus conference in March 2009.

Project homepage
 


Internet Governance Forum 2009 and the Convention on Cybercrime (13 May 2009, Geneva)


[18 May 2009, Strasbourg] In preparation of the Internet Governance Forum 2009, Open Consultations were held at the United Nations. During an information session IGF stakeholders were briefed on the latest developments regarding the Convention on Cybercrime and the challenges ahead.

Council of Europe presentation
 


ERA conference on an effective response to cybercrime (14-15 May 2009, Trier)

[18 May 2009, Strasbourg] The Council of Europe participated in a conference on the criminal exploitation of new technologies and effective responses to cybercrime organised by the Academy of European Law (ERA) in Germany.


Public presentation : "Protecting children using the internet" (5 May 2009, Brussels)


[7 May 2009, Strasbourg] The public presentation "Protecting children using the internet"  was held at the European Economic & Social Committee (EESC) headquarters. It brought together distinguished panellists and a wide range of interested stakeholders, to present and discuss their on-going work on this issue at various levels across and beyond the EU.

Agenda: English / French
EESC website 


Ukraine: workshop on LEA - ISP cooperation (29 April 2009, Kyiv)

[30 April 2009, Strasbourg] The Council of Europe organised a workshop to promote stronger cooperation between law enforcement and Internet service providers in Ukraine.

Agenda: English / Ukrainian
LEA-ISP guidelines: English / Ukrainian


Euronews report on the Octopus conference and child sexual abuse and exploitation

[20 April  2009, Strasbourg]

Report  


India: Workshop on international police cooperation against cybercrime (26 March 2009, New Dehli)

[27 March 2009, Strasbourg] The Central Bureau of Investigations of India and the Council of Europe jointly organised a workshop on international cooperation against cybercrime as well as law enforcement - service provider cooperation.

Draft agenda
 


Training seminar at the Centro de Estudos Judiciários, Center for Judiciary Studies (20 March 2009, Lisbon)

[23 March 2009, Strasbourg] The Council of Europe - through the Project on Cybercrime - supported a training seminar for judges and prosecutors at the CEJ in Protugal.

Agenda: English / Portuguese
 


Global Octopus Interface conference on cooperation against cybercrime (10-11 March 2009, Strasbourg)

 

[11 March 2009, Strasbourg] The 2009 conference focused on following crime proceeds on the internet, criminalising child pornography, training resources and the effectiveness of international cooperation.

 


Romania, Microsoft, McAfee to co-fund the Project on Cybercrime

[10 March 2009, Strasbourg] The Government of Romania, Microsoft and McAfee have agreed to provide initial funding to permit the launching of the Project on Cybercrime.

Project summary

 

 


Germany ratifies Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention (9 March 2009, Strasbourg)

[9 March 2009, Strasbourg] Germany ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, the only legally-binding treaty existing in this field.

Press release
 


Workshop on cybercrime legislation of Indonesia (9 March 2009, Strasbourg)

[9 March 2009, Strasbourg] A delegation of experts of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology of Indonesia visited Strasbourg for a detailed review of cybercrime legislation in force and in preparation. Discussions showed that laws adopted in 2008 brought Indonesian legislation much closer to the Convention on Cybercrime, and that the draft laws will help Indonesia fully meet the requirements of the Convention.