In September 2020, the CC-DRIVER project participated in a virtual workshop of the Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies. The event was organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME) and focused on Human and societal aspects of the pandemic and beyond: domestic violence, child sexual abuse, infodemic.
The workshop created a forum for research projects to introduce their vision and goals in their fight against crime and terrorism and to identify synergies and opportunities for future collaboration. The discussions also highlighted new challenges and phenomena that emerged due to the COVID-19 pandemic and reflected on possible solutions and actionable insights.
The CC-DRIVER project was represented in the “child sexual abuse” section by Professor Julia Davidson from the University of East London, whose work in the project focuses on exploring the drivers of juvenile cyber delinquency. The CC-DRIVER project builds on earlier research by Professor Davidson, Professor Mary Aiken and Dr Philipp Amann on “Youth Pathways into Cybercrime” which also informed the Europol Cybercrime Centre (EC3) EU campaign on raising awareness among young people about the consequences of criminal hacking.
The plenary discussions and breakout sessions of the workshop were attended by more than a hundred representatives working on security research projects in the area of Fighting Crime and Terrorism (FTC), including several projects that are part of our security projects cluster that offers a platform to discuss and address best practices in this sector.
The Community of Users initiative aims to support those who are combatting various threats targeting European citizens and promotes sharing information across Member States by bringing together the latest policy and research developments.
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