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Northern Virginia Outreach

  • Dates: 11 – 12 Jan, 2012
  • Location: Chantilly, VA, USA
  • Address: Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy

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Social networking sites are virtual communities. As in any large community, these sites are home to criminal organizations, fraud and violent crime. Investigators need to understand these communities to prevent, track and solve crimes. This outreach program will cover how social networking sites function and how members act and interact. Learn what information is available on various sites and how it can be integrated in criminal investigations and intelligence analysis.

Note: Course contains graphic content including profanity, and sexual and violent images.

Speaker: Lieutenant Chuck Cohen, Indiana State Police



NW3C Northern Virginia Outreach

Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy
Chantilly, VA

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012

 
 

Online Social Media & Criminal Investigations

There are over 300 known social networking sites on the Internet. Despite its loss in popularity in the United States, Myspace® adds 260,000 new users each day and Facebook® has over 800 million profiles. While these are two of the better known social media sites in the United States, several others are dominant in other countries and cultures. Myspace has 27 international sites ranging from Australia to Turkey. Facebook is available in 63 languages and is in the process of being translated into another 43 languages. It has roughly the same population as the U.S. and the U.K. combined, making Facebook the third largest country by population. There are 100 million images and 60 million status updates loaded on Facebook every day.

Too often, investigators and analysts overlook or underutilize this valuable resource. Social networking sites are virtual communities. As in any large community, criminal organizations, fraud, violet crime, and victimization exist. Investigators need to understand these communities along with the tools, tricks, and techniques to prevent, track, and solve crimes.

Current trends include social networks based around live streaming video, like Stickam® and TinyChat®, and mobile social networks like Google® Latitude, Foursquare®, and Yammer®. These emergent technologies lead to risks and opportunities for law enforcement professionals that previously did not exist. Current and future undercover officers must now face a world in which facial recognition and Internet caching make it possible to locate an online image posted years or decades before. The meshing of geolocation, social networking, and mobile devices allow officers to employ new investigative techniques not previously available.

The material being presented is designed for criminal intelligence analysts, special agents, and other investigators. Students with any level of familiarity with the Internet and computers, from beginning to advanced, will find this course beneficial.

The program gives students an up-to-date understanding of how social networking sites work and how members act and interact. Student will learn what information is available on various sites and how to integrate that information into criminal investigations and criminal intelligence analysis.

NOTICE: Course contains graphic content including profanity, and sexual and violent images

 Agenda
7:00a - 7:30a Registration
   
7:30a - 7:45a Welcome, Opening Remarks & Introduction of Special Guests
Don Brackman, Director, NW3C
   
7:45a - 9:00a Online Social Media & Criminal Investigations
Lieutenant Chuck L. Cohen, Indiana State Police
   
9:00a - 9:15a Break
   
9:15a - 11:00a Online Social Media & Criminal Investigations
   
11:00a - 12:15p Lunch (On your own)
   
12:15p - 1:30p Online Social Media & Criminal Investigations
   
1:30p - 1:45p Break
   
1:45p - 3:00p Online Social Media & Criminal Investigations
   
3:00p - 3:15p NW3C Overview of Services
Ken Brooks, Deputy Director, NW3C
   
3:15p - 3:30p Questions & Closing Remarks