ANTI-FRAUD COMMUNICATION AND WEB 2.0

OLAF /08/11 Brussels/Nicosia, 14 October 2008

"Anti-Fraud Communication and Web 2.0: new technologies, new tools, new audiences" was the title of a seminar organised by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the Department of Customs and Excise of the Republic of Cyprus for the network of communicators in OLAF's operational partner services in the Member States (OAFCN). The two-day seminar that ended today in Nicosia focussed on how to mobilise the new internet generation in the trans-border fight against fraud and corruption affecting the European Union's financial interests.

This seminar was the 8th in a series of conferences organised by the OLAF Anti-Fraud Communicators Network (OAFCN) which have shared a common theme: "Preventing fraud by informing the public". Participants discussed how new communication technologies could be applied in anti-fraud matters in order to increase citizen involvement in the efforts made by European Institutions, EU Member States and Third Countries to combat EU fraud.

OAFCN members studied how far blogs, virtual social-networking, wikis, ezines and other new communication tools and channels have the potential to reach out to new audiences for OLAF and its operational partners in the EU and beyond. Experts provided an update on the latest developments in the field and the experiences of national and international anti-fraud agencies were shared. Speakers included, in particular, representatives of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Hong Kong Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

Background

The OLAF Anti-Fraud Communicators Network (OAFCN) includes the OLAF spokesman, spokespersons responsible for public relations and information officers in Member State investigation services with whom OLAF co-operates. It plays a pivotal role in communicating to the public the threat of fraud affecting the EU financial interests as well as the efforts made by the national and European investigative authorities to combat the problem. In line with its guiding principle-‘prevention is better than cure'- the main purpose of OAFCN is to prevent fraud through ensuring a free- flow of information.

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