The cooperation project fighting organised crime in the Caribbean, the MCBS-EU, has coordinated the first International Workshop on Cybercrime in the region
The “Workshop on Cybercrime in the areas of Trafficking in Persons, Trafficking in Arms and Narcotic Substances between the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica” is the first activity of the Latin America and Caribbean Cyber Competence Centre, LAC4. This is an hybrid facility based in Santo Domingo that was founded by the European Union to develop and deliver courses at technical, policy and strategic levels, as well as to coordinate cybercrime research.
Through the MCBS-EU project, led by the FIIAPP and funded by the European Union, the LAC4 receives support for the implementation of its activities and the establishment of contacts and joint operations in the region.
The workshop was attended by several representatives of anti-cybercrime institutions from Haiti and Jamaica, as well as the Directorate General of Customs, the National Drug Control Directorate, the National Police of the Dominican Republic and the Attorney General’s Office of the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Institute of Telecommunications INDOTEL has also actively collaborated, which has not only provided its facilities to host this workshop, but is also dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of the productive use of digital culture and innovation in order to establish preventive methodologies in the fight against cybercrime.
The fight against cybercrime requires governments to start investing in innovation and implementing more modern investigative techniques. To this end, it is necessary for the different law enforcement agencies of the affected states, in this case Haiti, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, to collaborate fully, achieving an approach focused on an overall vision that allows this problem to be dealt with in a global manner.
Mastering the different forms of crime carried out through ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) and committed via the Internet is one of the main objectives today in tackling organised cybercrime. Cybercrime knows no borders, it is growing at a very fast pace, with new trends emerging all the time.