A busy month for the International President

From New Jersey to the District of Columbia to Boston, International HTCIA President Todd Shipley has been busy this month! You can read more about it in our press release, but in a nutshell, Todd has been on the road educating various audiences about social networks and what they mean to investigators.

Starting in New Jersey, where he provided training on Internet evidence collection using his company’s software WebCase, Todd then traveled to the Social Media in Law Enforcement (SMILE) Conference in Washington, DC. There, he spoke about the importance of policy in driving effective reactive and proactive investigation strategies. (Find his presentation on SlideShare.)

From DC Todd traveled to Boston, where he presented to prosecutors, investigators and school resource officers at the quarterly Massachusetts Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Initiative Training. Shipley spoke about how criminal investigators could use social networking to their advantage, particularly during cyber bullying cases. (This was a law enforcement-only portion of the training, but New England Cable News filmed him briefly during their coverage of the story.) Todd rounded out his trip at the FBI’s Boston field office, providing more training to agents there.

What does it mean for you?

In the press release, we note that his trip coincides with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s release of a Justice Department document describing, among other investigative activities, undercover work online. Privacy groups have criticized such policies for their lack of accountability and oversight, so Todd is on a mission, of sorts, to show how law enforcement can effectively and responsibly respond to criminal evidence online — just as they do in any other neighborhood.

This isn’t just about social networking sites; it’s about “the cloud” overall, with all its privacy, jurisdiction, and governance issues. Arguably it affects digital evidence overall, as courts seek to keep up with rapidly changing technology and people’s uses thereof.

How can you keep your community, including law enforcement, business owners and the media, informed about what these issues mean to them?


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