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Computer forensics is the systematic inspection and analysis of a computer or other digital system for criminal and misuse investigation. A computer forensics professional must possess both technical skills and an understanding of legal issues and be able to apply those skills and knowledge in practical investigation and analysis and in the provision of evidence for legal or commercial use. FORC will assist project partners in the development both of knowledge and of appropriate practice in relation to digital crime in two main areas.

Firstly, project members will conduct a survey of leading common law and civil jurisdictions, including European Union law, to provide a guide to areas which currently fall within the definition of digital crime. The latter range from computer-based fraud to harassment through social media. FORC will evaluate the challenges which have existed in mounting criminal investigations and successful prosecutions in the countries concerned. This evaluation will draw on academic journals, official reports and statistics and will note any consequential adjustments made to legislation and policy. Secondly, FORC will assist project partners in developing best practice in relation to the use of digital sources in criminal investigation and presentation of evidence at trial. Consideration will be given to the ways in which such information sources have assisted intelligence gathering and areas covered will include electronic communications, the use of hearsay evidence, and evidence obtained by unauthorized activity.

In short, the project aims to enhance the level of competence and skill of the four consortium partner universities in Palestine and Jordan thus enabling them to develop sustainable, integrated curricula in Forensic Computing, across the domains of Law and Technology.