Creating and integrating a FLOSS product into UK law enforcement

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Williams, J. 2018. Creating and integrating a FLOSS product into UK law enforcement. in: Open Source Systems: Enterprise Software and Solutions Springer.
AuthorsWilliams, J.
Abstract

Open Source Internet Research Tool (OSIRT) is a free and open source software tool that enables law enforcement officials to conduct online research and obtain artefacts in an evidential and lawful manner. Over the past three years, OSIRT has seen growth from a handful of users within UK law enforcement, to a reach that extends to countries across the globe which also sees usage outside of law enforcement and beyond its original scope.

This paper will reflect upon OSIRT’s development, and discusses issues surrounding the development of a FLOSS product for UK law enforcement.

With cuts to budgets being made to law enforcement services, FLOSS software like OSIRT has an opportunity to flourish in this sector. To establish OSIRT’s and FLOSS’ integration into UK law enforcement, interviews, a small case study and questionnaires were conducted with serving police officers, police trainers and an IT administrator; all have experience with OSIRT.

KeywordsOpen source research; open source intelligence; internet investigations; law enforcement; open source software
Year2018
Book titleOpen Source Systems: Enterprise Software and Solutions
PublisherSpringer
Output statusPublished
ISBN9783319923741
ISSN978-3-319-92375-8
Publication dates
Online16 Jun 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited20 Jun 2018
AcceptedMar 2018
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-92375-8_10
Official URLhttps://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-92375-8
Related URLhttp://oss2018.org
JournalOpen Source Systems: Enterprise Software and Solutions
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