CC-DRIVER Kickoff Meeting

The CC-DRIVER project officially starts

CC-DRIVER was formally launched at a virtual kick-off meeting on 6-7 May 2020, which was attended by more than 30 representatives from partner organisations, including law enforcement agencies (LEAs), research centres, universities, industry and civil society from across Europe as well as a representative from the European Commission.

The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the contributions of the different partners in relation to their areas of specialism and review the objectives and structure of the project, including ethics, privacy and data protection issues and to understand more precisely the expectations of the Commission.

Addressing the rise of amateur hackers

Consortium partners will explore the drivers of cyber juvenile delinquency by, amongst other means, conducting an online survey of 1,000 young people between the ages of 16-19 in each of eight European countries. All responses will be anonymised in line with data protection laws. The partners will also conduct interviews with adult cyber criminals and develop intervention programmes in an attempt to divert youth from cybercrime into more socially beneficial contributions.

Focus on cyber juvenile delinquency

Cybercriminality is a key challenge for law enforcement agencies and policy-makers due to the complexity of the phenomenon and the various technical and human factors involved. A principal outcome of the project, therefore, will be the development of tools and training materials for LEAs to facilitate following the threat landscape, collecting evidence and disrupting criminal operations.

CC-DRIVER will focus on these key aspects:

  • Study cybercrime-as-a-service and develop cybercrime investigation tools for LEAs
  • Understand drivers of new forms of cybercriminality
  • Create an online questionnaire to assess the vulnerability of young people to cybercrime
  • Support the harmonisation of cybercrime legislation across EU states by developing policy toolkits
  • Maintain European societal values and fundamental rights

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