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Welcome to the 2nd PROTON newsletter

Welcome to the 2nd PROTON newsletter | PROTON - Newsletter 2 - September 2017 | Scoop.it

In this latest issue of PROTON Newsletter, you will find out that the activities related to the systematic literature reviews for Organized Crime, Terrorism and Cybercrime, carried out by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Fraunhofer Intitute respectively, have developed. Reports on preliminary findings have been submitted by the partners involved, and although in short draft format (final delivery is planned by the end of December), they show the huge load of work that has been necessary for assessing all the relevant conclusions produced world-wide on the recruitment of OC and Terrorist members by criminal networks. In the next months this work will provide input for the development of the agent based models (ABMs). In the meantime, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Hebrew University of Jerusalem have continued the discussion on these models with CNR, who is in charge of developing the ABMs. The key question of the two meetings we had in Rome on April 3rd and June 12th was how to develop reliable ABMs in the two areas of Organized Crime and Terrorism. The discussion has been very fruitful and the first results on terrorism will be presented at the Jerusalem meeting on October 16th and 17th, that will be concluding this first year of the Project life.


In the meantime, the project has gone through many basic steps:

  • collecting and working on the secondary data on Italian and Dutch Organized Crime,
  • developing the framework for the collection of cybercrime data,
  • widening the discussion with other colleagues and policy makers on the main factors that drive the recruitment to Organized Crime and Terrorist networks.

The workshop held in Trapani on July 6th and 7th, organized by the University of Palermo (PROTON partner), has conveyed a group of economists specialized in studies on crime and economics. There has been a lively discussion that has helped us to better understand the economic side of the PROTON project.
All the materials produced during the first year will be evaluated during the Jerusalem meeting where policy makers partners to PROTON have also been invited. We expect a tough and practical discussion with them hoping to receive relevant input for the Project.


Let me say that during this year almost all the partners have delivered what we have expected and efficient decisions have been taken in continuous consultation between the coordinator and the co-coordinator. Appropriate solutions have been found almost immediately with the help of the Project Officer of the European Commission.


We go to Jerusalem with many items in our “PROTON bag”, aware that the first year was the most difficult one for setting up the scene. Having already solved most of the main problems, promising results could come out in the next years.

 

Ernesto Ugo Savona,
PROTON Scientific Coordinator

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Early findings about risk factors of radicalization

Early findings about risk factors of radicalization | PROTON - Newsletter 2 - September 2017 | Scoop.it

Over the last six months, project PROTON at Hebrew University has made significant progress it its work. This period has seen the involvement of a number of research students from both criminology and law, as well as post-doctorate and doctorate researchers. The research team, which includes a number of Arabic speakers, have been working hard to carry out the data collection and extraction. Our initial analysis of this data has already led to some interesting findings, such as important differences in the pooled effects of a range of risk factors of radicalization, including education, discrimination, and relative deprivation. These findings will eventually lead to the development of measures which will ultimately feed into the agent based models (ABMs). To this end, the HUJI team also traveled to Rome this year and met with PROTON partners to discuss and plan the design and methodology of the ABMs and how the individual PROTON studies can be used to construct inputs for the ABMs. We believe that this strong sense of collaboration will lead to a well developed and specified model. 

 
Additionally, in the area of cyber, we are seeing indications that radicals who post online may increase their online activities in the days preceding a violent attack.  We presented some of these initial findings at a faculty and researcher workshop held by the joint program between the HUJI Cyber Security Research Center and the Institute of Criminology. The feedback from our colleagues was overwhelmingly positive and there appears to be great interest in this particular project. 
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Organized Crime & Terrorism in Cyberspace

Organized Crime & Terrorism in Cyberspace | PROTON - Newsletter 2 - September 2017 | Scoop.it

The main objective of this work area is the analysis of how OCTN influence and exploit the internet to reach their goals. In the process, the usage of social networks is of particular interest.

 

One particular outcome of our work will be the input for an agent based model based on the personality structure of the agents involved (the so called agent personas), which describes the links between cyberspace and the factors leading to OCTNs. Besides this, a software system which allows the collection, storage and analysis of various social media and internet data sources is developed and used. With this tool, we were able to collect textual data from Twitter and Youtube. Approximately 10 GByte of Tweets and 50.000 comments and descriptions from 5.000 Youtube videos were collected so far. The Tweets and videos were selected using dedicated keywords related to Islamic terrorism propaganda.

 

We are currently analysing this data using advanced text mining techniques, to extract for example personality traits of the originators. Using this technique, attributes for the agent persona models will be extracted from the social media data, hopefully leading to a better understanding of the actors involved.

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Project PROTON's Media Room

Project PROTON's Media Room | PROTON - Newsletter 2 - September 2017 | Scoop.it

Want to dive deeper into the work of our project? You can consult our Media Room, where a selection of the latest public Deliverables are available for download.

 

Up to now, seven deliverables are available, mainly related to the communication and dissemination activities of PROTON and to its internal organisation.

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PROTON Past Events

PROTON Past Events | PROTON - Newsletter 2 - September 2017 | Scoop.it

Workshop on Inequality, Intergenerational Mobility, and Organized Crime, held on the 6 - 7 July 2017 in Trapani, Italy. The wokshop aimed at fostering the interaction of scholars working on the fields of inequality and organized crime, an intersection of topics that so far received little attention in the literature, in order to enhance the advancement of knowledge on issues that currently represent a matter of concern for policy makers of several countries.

PROTON second Workshop, held on the 12 June 2017 in Rome, Italy. The workshop has allowed the team to start forming a common foundation for the future approaches to the modelling of OCTNs, so that they could move quickly and efficiently when data from the empirical work packages arrive.

PROTON first Workshop, held on 3 - 4 April 2017 in Rome, Italy. The meeting prepared the ground for the team to develop policy and science relevant models of organised crime and terrorist networks (OCTNs).

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PROTON partners gather for the First Consortium meeting 

PROTON partners gather for the First Consortium meeting  | PROTON - Newsletter 2 - September 2017 | Scoop.it

On October 16th and 17th, PROTON partners will gather in Jerusalem for the First Consortium meeting hosted by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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16 - 17 October 2017 | Jerusalem, IL

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UK SECURITY EXPO

UK SECURITY EXPO | PROTON - Newsletter 2 - September 2017 | Scoop.it

UK SECURITY EXPO is the premier global security showcase attracting an audience of Government, Transport, Intelligence, Defence, Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, CNI and the Private Sector.

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29 - 30 November 2017 | London, UK

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Munich Security Conference

Munich Security Conference | PROTON - Newsletter 2 - September 2017 | Scoop.it

Over the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become the major global forum for the discussion of security policy.

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16 - 18 February 2018 | Munich, DE

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Security and counter Terror Expo

Security and counter Terror Expo | PROTON - Newsletter 2 - September 2017 | Scoop.it

The UK's leading national security event for professionals tasked with protecting business, national infrastructure, governments and nations against terrorism. Focusing on current & future threats and how to mitigate them and the security capabilities needed.

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6 - 7 March 2018 | London, UK

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