Investigation of indecent images of children cases: Challenges and suggestions collected from the trenches.

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Franqueira, Virginia N. L., Bryce, Joanne, Al Mutawa, Noora and Marrington, Andrew 2017. Investigation of indecent images of children cases: Challenges and suggestions collected from the trenches. Digital Investigation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.diin.2017.11.002
AuthorsFranqueira, Virginia N. L., Bryce, Joanne, Al Mutawa, Noora and Marrington, Andrew
Abstract

Previous studies examining the investigative challenges and needs of Digital Forensic (DF) practitioners have typically taken a sector-wide focus. This paper presents the results of a survey which collected text-rich comments about the challenges experienced and related suggestions for improvement in the investigation of Indecent Images of Children (IIOC) cases. The comments were provided by 153 international DF practitioners (28.1% survey response rate) and were processed using Thematic Analysis. This resulted in the identification of 4 IIOC-specific challenge themes, and 6 DF-generic challenges which directly affect IIOC. The paper discusses these identified challenges from a practitioner perspective, and outlines their suggestions for addressing them.

KeywordsIndecent images of children (IIOC); Sexually exploitative imagery of children (SEIC); Survey; Practitioners perception; Digital Forensics; Digital investigation; Child pornography
Year2017
JournalDigital Investigation
PublisherElsevier
ISSN17422876
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.diin.2017.11.002
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/622013
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Publication dates02 Dec 2017
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Accepted09 Nov 2017
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ContributorsUniversity of Derby, University of Central Lancashire and Zayed University
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