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The Council of Europe trains Palestinian officials on Open Source Internet Investigation to fight economic crime

Ramallah 23-27 April 2017
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The Council of Europe trains Palestinian officials on Open Source Internet Investigation to fight economic crime

The South Neighbourhood Anti-Corruption Project (SNAC 2) organised a training workshop on Open Source Internet Investigation (OSINT) for the Palestinian authorities on 23-27 April 2017 in Ramallah.

This first capacity building activity, implemented through the South Programme II, falls within the framework of the Neighbourhood Co-operation Priorities with Palestine*, adopted by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers in September 2016. As such, the OSINT course is based on a programme developed specifically for the Palestinian professionals working in the fight against corruption and economic crime.

The workshop had within its participants 17 officials who advanced their technical skills by exploring tools and methodologies for an optimal use of open internet data for corruption investigations. Participants examined advanced search features of both common and less popular search engines coupled with ways to gather intelligence from social networks, media and the dark net.

* This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of Council of Europe member States on this issue.

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A flagship programme supporting democratic governance in the Southern Mediterranean

Since its start in 2012, the South Programme has been a strategic European Union-Council of Europe initiative supporting democratic reforms in the Southern Mediterranean based on the demand from the partners from the region. From legislative expertise to the strengthening of institutions' capacities, through peer-to-peer exchanges and networks, the South Programme has contributed to the establishment of a common legal area between the two shores of the Mediterranean.

The second phase of this ambitious three-year European Union-Council of Europe joint programme started in January 2015. It is namely contributing to the establishment of new legislative and constitutional frameworks and democratic governance structures in the region as well as institutions deriving from them. Besides, the Programme aims to contribute to the establishment of a common legal area through a progressive accession of countries from the Southern Mediterranean region to key Council of Europe conventions, which constitute the foundations for legal cooperation between countries who share common values of respect for human rights, the rule of law and democracy in the 47 Council of Europe member states and beyond.

Through the Council of Europe various intergovernmental and interparliamentary networks, the South Programme II aims to foster better regional cooperation between Europe and the Southern Mediterranean partners, as well as among them, in the fields related to human rights, the rule of law and democracy.

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