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eLaw investigates cyber agent technology for secret services

Tracks Inspector, a Dutch company that develops innovative software, commissioned research to eLaw to investigate the use of cyber agent technology for intelligence agencies and secret services.

Tracks Inspector, a Dutch company that develops innovative software, commissioned research to eLaw to investigate the use of cyber agent technology for intelligence agencies and secret services. Cyber agent technology is technology that supports cyber agents (online actors) in an online environment by automating specific tasks. This technology offers opportunities to interact with people online, for instance, by using a chatbot. Tracks Inspector developed a specialized version of the cyber agent technology for the Sweetie 2.0 project of NGO Terre des Hommes. The technology in this project was designed in such a way that a highly realistic 10-year old girl could be simulated that was able to communicate online with suspects that showed sexual interest in children, with the goal of identifying these suspects.

Previous research was performed by eLaw, the Center for Law and Digital Technologies of Leiden University, on the legal aspects of this software in the context of criminal investigations. However, this research did not include the scope of intelligence agencies and the legal framework under which these agencies are operating. The cyber agent technology obviously offers opportunities for intelligence agencies in the Netherlands. That is why Tracks Inspector has requested eLaw to investigate how the developed software relates to the legal framework of the Intelligence Agencies.

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