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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...

13/04/2017

 

On the 10th and 11th April 2017, Europol's European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) hosted a conference on « Online Terrorist Propaganda ». On this occasion, over 150 participants gathered at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague.

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12/04/2017

The World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS - www.wins.org) is organising a workshop on « Countering Homegrown Violent Extremism in the Nuclear Sector: Threats and Mitigation Strategies ». This workshop will take place in Vienna, Austria from 25th to 27th April 2017.  The workshop will discuss the issue of Homegrown Violent Extremism (HVE) and radicalization and how it is increasingly relevant to the nuclear industry. In particular, it will aim at:

  • Identifying the motivation, intention and capabilities of radicalized individuals and...
12/04/2017
In times of massive use of social media, possible related propaganda, disinformation or influence campaigns, LEAs and intelligence bodies need to be even more aware and capable of the threat landscape and further increasing opportunities both from a technological and conceptual level. This workshop aimed to gather European public representatives and security and intelligence practitioners around the topic of the use of social medias and Internet for influence, disinformation and propaganda campaigns, especially by terrorist groups.

The presentations can be downloaded below (...

29/03/2017

Terrorist attack in London was a reminder of threats Europe faces daily from extremist violence. It also showed the challenges that the intelligence community is confronted to:

- Low cost techniques used by terrorists;

- Weak security cooperation in Europe;

- Petty criminals and terrorist ‘diaspora’.

The increase in terrorist attacks in Europe in recent years has lead to establishing closer counter-terrorism cooperation among European intelligence and domestic security services but "the EU has always been more about economics so national security is and will...

15/03/2017

A recent study produced by the LIBE committee of the European Parliament presents the European Union's policies on counter-terrorism, its relevance, coherence and effectiveness. 

The study identifies (counter-) terrorism trends, threats and policies in the EU, focussing particularly on seven themes, including database access and interoperability, measures on border security, criminal justice and prevention of radicalisation. It also analyses the coherence and effectiveness of the counter-terrorism policy...

28/02/2017

The French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) has published in early 2017 a study (only available in French) entitled "Les mutations du renseignement militaire : dissiper le brouillard de la guerre ?", written by Joseph HENROTIN. This study's aims to investigate on the evolution of intelligence research and analysis through time and for military purposes, including OSINT.  

"In the 1990s, military intelligence was at the core of the “revolution in military affairs”, carrying the hope that it...

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