U.S. Department of Justice's Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative   [open pdf - 3MB]

"This booklet highlights key efforts supported by [the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) Advisory Committee (GAC)]: vigilant preservation of privacy and civil liberties; fusion center partnerships; securing data we exchange and the networks we use; and harnessing the power of the latest innovations, so that new technology and standardized languages knock down barriers of siloed systems and the disparity of information 'haves' and 'have nots.'" The booklet references GAC resources available at http://www.it.ojp.gov/global. Background: "Chartered in 1998 as a Federal Advisory Committee by then U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, the GAC was carefully structured to function as a unique partnership of justice-interested leaders, providing recommendations to America's chief law enforcement officer on standards-based electronic information exchange throughout the justice and public safety communities. Over the successive years, significant incidents have underscored the imperative of effective, efficient, and appropriate information sharing to address 'traditional' crimes, such as theft; high-profile crises, such as domestic and international terrorism; and new possibilities such as pandemics. With different agencies building disparate systems to address business-specific problems, the prospect of broadscale information sharing may seem, on its face, impossible. However, the collaborative process (which is a unique [GAC] hallmark) has resulted in support for development of numerous groundbreaking resources that have proven valuable in overcoming communication obstacles."

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