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Arkansas Law Enforcement Learn the Latest Trends and Traps in Investigations Involving Social Media

Frederick Lane, an author, attorney, expert witness, and professional speaker on the legal and cultural implications of technology, is coming to the Criminal Justice Institute to work with Arkansas law enforcement on the latest trends and traps in digital investigations, particularly those involving social media and emerging apps, such as Secret and Yik Yak. Lane is delivering two training programs, one for law enforcement investigators and the other tailored to School Resource Officers (SROs).

The first interactive presentation, Social Media and Emerging Applications: Investigative Potential and Issues, will explore recent developments in mobile search and seizure and peer-to-peer investigations (particularly the rising popularity of BitTorrent, one of the most common protocols for distributing large amounts of data over the Internet). The growing challenges of mobile, network, and cloud forensics will be discussed as well as ongoing anti-forensics efforts and issues that may arise from online undercover investigations.

In today’s wired world, SROs face new challenges in the school setting. To Serve and Inspect: Digital Challenges for School Resource Officers will provide an overview of the legal trends and constitutional issues governing the investigation of school misconduct in a wired world, including the search and seizure of digital devices, identification and response to digital threats, and tools and resources for addressing cyberbullying and sexting. Potential cybertraps faced by SROs will also be addressed.  

Both of these programs will be held at the Criminal Justice Institute, which is located at 26 Corporate Hill Drive in Little Rock. Social Media and Emerging Applications: Investigative Potential and Issues will be held on September 16 and To Serve and Inspect: Digital Challenges for School Resource Officers will be held September 17.

For more information, contact:
Michael Smith, Assistant Director for Education and Training 
Criminal Justice Institute, University of Arkansas System
(501) 570-8092; mlsmith@cji.edu