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02/03/2018

Frontex has effectively become a law enforcement agency. Focus on migration has morphed into drug smuggling, document fraud, terrorism, and cigarette smuggling. It has even seized arms.

Last year, it handed over 1,300 intelligence files to the EU police agency Europol, as part of a pilot project. Today, sweeping up people's personal information and sharing them with the police is standard practice, which has led to hundreds of arrests.

Read more: https://euobserver.com/justice/141062

22/01/2018

The ENISA Threat Landscape (ETL 2017) is yearly report produced by the European cybersecurity agency. It analyses state-of-the-art in cyberthreats based on OSINT. A section of the ETL provides an overview of recent developments in cyber-threat intelligence positions the ETL and summarizes some cyber-threat intelligence issues that are seen as emerging. Interestingly, the reports stresses the importance hove developing the adequate analysis functions in addition to massive data collection...

08/01/2018

The UK government agrees, allocating more than £26 million over the next three years to support new approaches to “transforming policing for the future”, according to Amber Rudd, the home secretary (...) Indeed, the nature of policing is changing dramatically. Officers can no longer rely on only their instincts and trusty notepad to keep our streets safe, as crimes become increasingly difficult to detect.

Read more: https://www.thetimes.co.uk...

08/01/2018

Gilles de Kerchove - who has been the European Coordinator for Counter Terrorism for the last 10 years -  sees EUROPOL as an information hub rather than a traditional law enforcement agency. This unique positioning should lead national intelligence services to collaborate with the European police agency. On a related note, the European institutions should also be considered in a near future as an intelligence producer with the adequate operational capacity, considering its size and responsibilities and geographical footage. 

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18/12/2017
SiiP is a European funded research project developing a probabilistic, language-independent, voice recognition system that uses a novel Speaker-Identification (SID) engine and Global Info Sharing Mechanism (GISM) to identify unknown speakers who are captured in lawfully intercepted calls, in recorded crime or terror arenas, in social-media and in any other type of speech sources.
 
The four-year (May 2014 – April 2018) research project is run by an international consortium of 19 partners, comprising Law Enforcement Agencies or LEAs (INTERPOL and police...
05/12/2017

Report by David Anderson QC on London and Manchester 2017 attacks highlights the challenge of better managing and exploiting data, including by looking at what tech giants have.   

Even when a suspect is clearly on [their] radar (….) the security services can find it impossible to eliminate the threat. One of the reasons for this is the difficulty in detecting the new style of low-tech, Islamist extremist attacks which can take days, rather than months, to plan.

(…) Much of the focus is likely to be on cultural changes within the security services and the...

03/12/2017
 
Military forces fighting Isis should hand over secret “battlefield information” that would help European border agencies identify and intercept foreign Isis fighters who pose as refugees to flee home, the EU’s counter-terrorism chief has urged.
 
Mr de Kerchove said European agencies were striving to improve frontier checks in other areas, building on “significant progress” in the past few years in the gathering, sharing and analysis of information on militants. Border authorities needed more biometric information and improvements in the...
30/11/2017

EUROSINT Forum – Workshop on Best Practices in Strategic Foresight – Communiqué

On the 23 & 24 of November 2017 in Paris, the Eurosint Forum organised a workshop on Strategic Foresight. This workshop was organised in collaboration with the FP7-funded VALCRI project (www.valcri.org), a four-year initiative dedicated to improving the intelligence capabilities of European security and law enforcement professionals.

The goal of this...

25/11/2017

A publication by the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) aims to  make strategic foresight more accessible to a larger community of policy-makers and to make anticipation a new literacy so that everyone – from public institutions to citizens – can be better prepared for the future

The idea for this Strategic Foresight Primer was born out of necessity. The European Political Strategy Centre has a mandate to engage in anticipatory governance and identify potential future challenges and opportunities for the European Union. Yet, we soon realised that there was no readily...

10/11/2017

Interconnectedness and digitalization have increased the volume and value of information. (…) Massive deployment of sensors through the Internet of Things and real-time processing of the collected data will enable a new set of analytical tools that enhance decision-making.

(…) Use of the rapidly evolving open-source and commercially available data will enable the Alliance to meet the challenges of the future information environment. NATO needs to develop capacities to detect both subtle and seismic changes in the information environment and understand them on local, operational and...

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