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18/07/2017

A report has been published by CATS, the Center of Asymmetric Threat Studies of the Swedish Defense University, by Linus Gustafsson and Magnus Ranstorp on the importance of OSINT intelligence and statistical data in Iraq and Syria for the Swedish Foreign Fighters. 

"The purpose of this study is to examine a set of variables of the foreign fighters that have travelled from Sweden to join jihadi terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq in the period of June 2012 to September 2016. Much of...

18/07/2017

Social media giants Facebook, Google's YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft are forming a global working group to combine their efforts to remove terrorist content from their platforms. The companies said they would share technical solutions for removing terrorist content, commission research to inform their counter-speech efforts and work more with counter-terrorism experts. The companies will seek to improve technical work and will also exchange best practices on content detection techniques using...

06/07/2017

On 5 and 6 July, Europol and the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) organised jointly a seminar, gathering 90 senior experts, on internal and external security of the EU.

The main objective of the seminar was to identify synergies between Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) actors and Europol, so they can better address key security challenges, such as terrorism and facilitated illegal migration. 

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27/06/2017

The  Belgian cabinet approved a software capable of automatically detecting websites disseminating hate propaganda. 

The government will decide, after this summer, which institution could host the software.

The objective is that the police, the State Security investigation services and the Military Intelligence Service can all be able to use it to collect intelligence.

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19/06/2017

Social media analysis is a significant support for military information operations. It provides a window into perspectives, thoughts, and communications of a wide range of relevant audiences.

Key Findings of the study:

Social Media Analysis Could Play a Valuable Role in...

15/06/2017

Intelligence gathering within Britain's security services has evolved during the last four decades. Today, the worry is whether analysts and security officials are acquiring too much information they can handle. Professor Philip Davies, director of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies believes "UK's security apparatus is suffering from what those in signals intelligence call information overload". 

Security experts warn of an analytical deficit in the heart of the...

16/05/2017

Despite recent challenges, AI is becoming a crucial tool in the field of GEOINT. 

The technology has now reached a level of maturity sufficient to meet some of the needs of authorities and intelligence agencies. The development of AI and the use of deep learning algorithms in the field of visual recognition allow to deal with the increasing data flow that these organizations face. Artificial Intelligence is emerging as a multiplier to provide significant gains in...

24/04/2017

Edoardo Camili - Hozint's CEO - considers the Paris attacks as intelligence failures for 3 main reasons:

1. Failure in the detection and prioritization of threats;

2. Surveillance was inadequate and ineffective;

3. Member states failed to share information and coordinate their efforts.

More on Edoardo Camili's point of view on NATO review.

Krishnadev Calamur - senior editor at The Atlantic - describes Brussels attacks also as an intelligence...

20/04/2017

Local authorities talk about their use of social media for stoping or preventing crimes from happening. 

"Police officers use Facebook for the same reasons everybody else does, to see what is going on around them. They can use it to investigate a potential crime, or as evidence in prosecution".

"Warren says social media allows anyone to post anything, and that includes criminals who sometimes post proof of their illegal activity".

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13/04/2017

On 6 and 7 April 2017, the EUROSINT Forum and Sail Labs organised a workshop in Vienna. This event gathered about 40 intelligence practitioners and experts in Vienna around the topic of terrorism and digitisation.

This workhops aimed to discuss the use of social medias and Internet for influence, disinformation and propaganda campaigns by terrorist groups and State actors. In a era of information deluge, LEAs and intelligence bodies therefore need to be even more aware of the further increasing opportunities brought by...

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