Partners from around Europe plus Kyrgyzstan came together in the Swedish capital for two days of group meetings and individual breakout sessions. Organising all the separate meetings could have been challenging but thanks to diligent preparation from the hosts, and the initiative of the attendees; the result was a succession of discussions and presentations that enabled encouraging progress across several work packages (WPs).
The goal of the event was to bring together the main contributors from the technical and training work packages, creating a dynamic environment enabling useful and fruitful engagement for planning and implementation purposes.
Work packages 4, 5 and 6 play an influential role in the FORMOBILE project. The developments and innovative tools created by the partners will empower LEAs to recover, decode and analyse data and information, previously unavailable, from mobile devices. Thus, maximising the possibilities to bring justice to criminal hearings with objective evidence to assist a trial.
Once the new tools are developed, and the FORMOBILE standard is created, unique and novel training will provide LEAs with the necessary skills to become better forensic experts. The meeting in Stockholm was an ideal opportunity for the training team of WP7 to discuss the tasks and plans for upcoming activities.
In addition to the technical teams, the legal and ethical experts from the Law and Internet Foundation were on hand to provide advice about the necessary measures each WP shall use to maintain alignment with the directives and legislation surrounding privacy of data. The goal here is to uphold policies, without hindering the progress of the activities, which should make the EU a safer place for its citizens.
As the event came to a close, it was a perfect opportunity to receive feedback from the WP leaders who were present at MSAB's headquarters. The reflective summaries reinforced the general feeling that the two-day gathering was productive and worthwhile.
As 2019 comes to a close, it marks the end of the eighth month of the FORMOBILE project. The partners of the FORMOBILE initiative can be satisfied with the progress thus far, having completed around 20 of the 70 deliverables of the project. There is a long way to go before the project ends in April 2022, but if the forecast follows the patterns seen in the initial months, the consortium can be confident they are heading in the right direction.