Making Training by WhatsApp Possible!

Whilst many of us are more comfortable using Zoom, WebEx, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams – plus many other similar platforms – I must admit I was more than a little sceptical about the possibility of conducting training over WhatsApp? For the last two weeks, I have been facilitating training for UNODC on requests for e-evidence…

The Game Changer (Soon) In Play!

The Agreement on Access to Electronic Data for the Purpose of Countering Serious Crimes (‘Agreement’) signed between the U.S. and U.K. on 3 October 2019, allows for direct requests to be served on service providers in each country for the production of data. The Agreement was certified to the U.S. Congress by the U.S. Department…

WFH – lockdown reflections

With some Scottish lockdown measures being relaxed this week after almost three months – I have read so many articles about people motivated to change their life priorities. For some, this has been an opportunity to have a taste of what life could be away from the hurly-burly of suburbia. I wonder how many will…

Mutual Legal Assistance – The Future

Update 30 April 2020: No one could have expected, when I prepared my paper on the future of Mutual Legal Assistance for the Heads of Central Authorities in the Commonwealth, the devastation of the global Covid-19 crisis. As we now increase our use of virtual meetings through Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting and more – we…

New Frontier

I have always been an advocate of online training – pre-Covid-19 this was more to reduce my carbon footprint – now we all need to be advocates for virtual capacity building. As health remains our priority, using more online technology is our reality. Today, I was part of the UNODC team presenting the Train-the-Trainer Module…

Cyber Challenge

The Commonwealth Secretariat project ‘Strengthening of International Cooperation in Cybercrime Investigations’ culminated this week with awards being presented by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, to Canada, Mauritius, Scotland and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, with the fifth winner being presented their award by the Fijian President. This Commonwealth project, supported by the Government of the United Kingdom,…

Bangladesh 2020

A World Bank report in 2018 stated that, “…in the last 10 years, the average traffic speed in Dhaka has dropped from 21 kilometres per hour (kmph) to 7 kmph, and by 2035, the speed might drop to 4kmph, which is slower than the walking speed.” I can confirm that the 4 kmph may already…

We Broke the Internet!

After a long year of travel my last mission of 2019 is complete! I have been in Vienna for the Central Asia e-evidence training with UNODC, CTED and OSCE. This is the last of our phase 1 trainings – we are proud to say that more than 250 practitioners from 80 different countries have now…

Watchful Eyes

It was a privilege to be at the Siracusa International Institute for the delivery of practical training on international judicial cooperation for the EuroMed Justice Project. I was invited to present to Judges and Prosecutors from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan and Palestine on Joint Investigation Teams (JIT), Anti-Money Laundering and accessing E-Evidence…

Somalia

Ama waa la muuqdaa, ama waa la maqnaada Either be visible or be absent We flew to Mogadishu International Airport (MIA) three weeks after Somalia suffered its worst terrorist attack on 14 October when a large truck bomb exploded in central Mogadishu killing at least 358 people. Somalia was once again back in the global…

Morocco – GLACY+

It has been a pleasure to do my first training for the Council of Europe CyberSouth Team as part of the GLACY+ project. Over two days I have facilitated practical exercises to advance the Budapest Convention 24/7 Network in Morocco. Although I have now completed e-evidence training for practitioners from more than 80 jurisdictions over…

Cameroon and Luxembourg

Cameroon and Luxembourg are not countries you would usually put in the same sentence – for the last week I have been in both – sharing experience and training on requesting e-evidence from service providers. Yaoundé is the green and vibrant capital of Cameroon. Poverty is clear to see as children swim in the polluted…