An “Open Source Internet Research Toolkit” – Southampton 9/6/2016


The BCS Cybercrime Forensics and the Open Source SGs, BCS Hampshire Branch & Southampton Solent University are hosting a talk on Open Source Research.

The event will be held on Thursday 9th June, room 326, 3rd Floor, Reginald Mitchell Building, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 0YN (directions and campus map) from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

This event is free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members but booking is required. Places are limited; please book as soon as possible.

Event details

Open Source Internet Research ToolkitOpen Source Internet Research Toolkit (OSIRT) is an open source tool developed in C# to support officers conducting Open Source Research on the Internet. OSIRT provides investigating officers the ability to capture static and dynamic web content, scrape aspects of a website, hash user created or downloaded content and offers expansive reporting options. Any generated or downloaded content is date and time stamped, with its associated web location, in order to maintain full provenance (Bucknor v R [2010] EWCA Crim 1152) and, in addition, retained in an automated audit trail in accordance with principle three of The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) guidelines on the Good Practice Guide for Digital Evidence (ACPO, 2012).

OSIRT is being developed in collaboration with the College of Policing, and is being used as a teaching aid on their Researching, Identifying and Tracing the Electronic Suspect course.  The prototype is also being tested by officers from a number of constabularies and agencies across the United Kingdom, with several constabularies looking to roll out OSIRT to their Digital Intelligence Units once it is released for general use.

While carrying out development of the tool, a number of legal and ethical issues required attention; particularly surrounding user privacy, data protection and possible breaches of websites terms and conditions. This talk will explore those legal and ethical issues, in addition to the design, development, testing and implementation of OSIRT.

About the speaker

Joseph Williams is a member of the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Joseph Williams achieved his Bachelor’s degree in Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University(CCCU) in 2013, and a Master’s degree in Advanced Software Development at the University of Kent in 2014; where he was also an Assistant Lecturer. Joe has been a University Instructor in Computing at CCCU since late 2014, where he combines lecturing and working on his PhD. Joe is an external examiner for the BCS HEQ Interfaces and WWW Group.