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Le volumineux rapport de la Commission temporaire spéciale sur le terrorisme du Parlement européen dresse une liste impressionnante de mesures destinées à combler les lacunes identifiées en matière de lutte antiterroriste. L’instauration d’une académie conjointe services de renseignement-services de police est l’une d’entre elles, mais il y en a bien d’autres.

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Since 2015, security cooperation between EU member states has progressed at an accelerated pace. As far as internal security is con­cerned, the continuing threat of terrorism is spurring the establishment of a “Euro­pean Security Union” based on an intensive exchange of information between security authorities. In the shadow of these developments is the question of the extent to which European intelligence cooperation should also be promoted. In this particularly sensitive area, no steps towards integration that...


On 29 and 30 November 2018, Sail Labs, a member of the EUROSINT Forum, organized a workshop in Vienna. This event gathered almost 100 participants from public organisations (BBC News lab, universities), NGOs (Red Cross Austria, FIBEP) and the industry around the topic of fake news and other artificial intelligence challenges for the news media in the 21th century.

This event explored how AI-powered technologies can help news organisations safeguard the truthfulness and trustworthiness of their sources, stay in control of the news gathering and delivery process and empower their...


CEPOL's EU-STNA (Strategic training needs assessment) report has identified several core capability gaps among EU’s law enforcement, which need to be addressed by training. Insufficient expertise in the area of open source intelligence is among the gaps analysed in the report.

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Just as the Internet has provided unimagined opportunities for sinister forces to spy on our affairs, it gives citizens the means to shine a spotlight on the criminal and the corrupt. Increasingly, in an online world where almost nothing goes unrecorded, there is no place left for killers to hide in anonymity. Tracking methods that were once the domain of snooping authoritarian regimes can now be used by citizens “to find out what the security services are doing”.

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Open-source intelligence is both well-established and used extensively by intelligence agencies and law enforcement. Since the advent of the internet, social media, and smartphones, open-source intelligence has undergone a revolution as people willingly and publicly post vast amounts of information about themselves online. Actors outside of the traditional intelligence community have begun to sit up and take notice. One study found that in 2014, about 80 percent of federal, state, and local law enforcement in the United States were using social media platforms as intelligence-gathering...


The News Media are confronted with major challenges and opportunities arising from game-changing technological developments that took place over the last decade. This event will showcase how AI-powered technologies can help news organisations safeguard the truthfulness and trustworthiness of their sources, stay in control of the news gathering and delivery process and empower their newsrooms, their journalists and, ultimately, their readership.

This workshop is organised by Sail Labs, one of the members of the Eurosint Forum. It will take place in Vienna, Austria on November 29-30,...


Europol’s 2018 EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT), published today, provides a concise overview of the nature of the terrorist threat the EU faced in 2017. Even though the number of casualties decreased last year, the number of attacks on European soil did not.

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On 16 and 17 May 2018, the EUROSINT Forum organized a workshop in Vienna with the support of one of its members, Sail Labs. This event gathered more than 20 participants from public organisations (FRONTEX, JRC, national ministries of defence and interior), NGOs (Austrian red cross, START Network etc.) and the industry around the topic of disaster management and the use of artificial intelligence and big data in forecasting.

While AI is the new tech buzzword, this event explored the tangible benefits of AI technologies for crisis managers by presenting both the needs of organisations...


This report presents a framework for understanding the modern practice of OSINT. The report describes the evolution of OSINT over the past 50-plus years, defines open source information and the OSINT cycle, and draws parallels between open source as an intelligence discipline and other intelligence disciplines. It also examines the methods used by open source tools and the challenges of using off-the-shelf technology for open source analysis.

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