Because of the growing risk of Cybercrime enhancing national capacities in investigating and prosecuting cybercrimes became a necessity. On 6-7 February Regional Dialogue, together with the Law Enforcement Academy of Uzbekistan, commenced a two-day conference, bringing together international and Uzbek experts to share their experiences in investigating techniques and judicial oversight of cybercrime investigations.
The Uzbek and international experts pointed out to the growing challenges posed by the Dark Web technologies in investigating and prosecuting cybercrimes. The transnational and digital nature of cybercrimes complicates the fight against crime. Their successful investigation is contingent on how much judges, prosecutors and investigators are knowledgeable in cyber technologies. Or as one of the experts, Assistant US Attorney for Eastern District of Missouri James Delworth remarked, "With the advent of the internet, changes in crimes occur too, and legislators cannot always keep up with the dynamics of those changes. Therefore, crimes are addressed through existing laws." Further on, the workshop sparked an interesting discussion focusing on the cybercrime search and seizure, evidence admissibility, protection, and use. US Assistant Attorneys James Delworth and Christiaan Highsmith, magistrate judges Zia Faruqui and Curtis Ivy, along with Court clerk Grace Fuscoe, referred to practices from their jurisdictions and presented different points of view. Judge Ivy highlighted how crucial it is to ensure that the rules of judicial oversight are met, and the investigators are "bullet-proof". The importance of international cooperation was highlighted by all the attendees as cybercrime is inherently transnational in nature, which echoes the efforts that Regional Dialogue continues to support.