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G7 countries and representatives from Google, Facebook and Twitter have decided to implement together an action plan to block terrorist content on the internet. 

The agreement stipulates that content promoting terrorism, or calling for terrorist acts, must be suppressed within two hours of being posted online.

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The FP7 VALCRI project and the EUROSINT FORUM are pleased to invite you on a two-day workshop that will introduce a series of best practices in Strategic Foresight to support intelligence and law enforcement functions in Europe.

This event is open to all public representatives and members of the EUROSINT Forum. If you are not a member and you wish to attend, please contact the Eurosint Forum team.

Aim of the Workshop


On the 13 and 14 September 2017, Europol organised the sixth joint operation with Member States and Third Parties, focusing on the detection and flagging of terrorist propaganda. This two-day event - hosted at Europol's headquarters in The Hague - gathered the Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) with counter-terrorism and online propaganda experts from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Hungary. 

The event focused mainly on terrorist materials by IS and al-Qaeda affiliated media outlets. Together, they...


An increasing amount of personal data, corporate content and government databases are accessible to intelligence organizations, leading to a rise in OSINT investment and therefore WEBINT or SOCMINT budgets. The latest terrorist attacks in Europe have been a wake up call for European countries. Western European parliaments might increase OSINT and SOCMINT budgets. Organizations related to Military and Police Intelligence and Homeland Security are also reported investing in state-of-the-art OSINT systems. 

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A European intelligence agency would take too long to set up and distract from the urgent work currently needed to tackle terrorism, said the European Commission (...) Calls for an agency reappeared earlier this week when the EU commissioner for migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said it would have helped prevent the recent spate of terrorist attacks in Belgium, France, Finland, Spain and the UK. Similar calls for the creation of an EU intelligence agency have also been made by the leader of the European Parliament's liberal group (Alde), Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt. But such plans are...


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...


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...


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. 



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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