Collecting and analysing web content to tackle terrorism

An EU-funded project aims to deliver an integrated system to detect, collect and analyse huge quantities of terrorist-related web content. This will support counter-terrorism investigation work, helping prevent attacks and saving lives.

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  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czech Republic
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia


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Published: 24 October 2018  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
Information societyInformation technology  |  Internet
Research policyHorizon 2020
Security
Countries involved in the project described in the article
Austria  |  Belgium  |  France  |  Germany  |  Greece  |  Ireland  |  Portugal  |  Spain  |  United Kingdom
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Collecting and analysing web content to tackle terrorism

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Money underpins terrorism and disruption of financing is vital for fighting it. The EU-funded DANTE project is compiling a set of tools, techniques, processes and algorithms to help law-enforcement authorities discover and monitor terrorist-related activity online. It is focusing in particular on fund-raising, propaganda (including recruitment, incitement, radicalisation and disinformation) and training.

The tool kit is based on existing technologies owned by the partners or made available as open-source software. These are being enhanced with innovative functionalities developed during the project. They include automated data mining, information fusion, reasoning and analytics solutions, as well as intelligence and collaboration applications.

Together, DANTE’s solutions comprise a system for gathering and assessing multimedia and multilingual content. This content could come from the surface web (sites accessible to anyone), the deep web (content not indexed by standard search engines) or the dark web (networks requiring specific software, configurations or authorisation).

As well as detecting sources of terrorist-related data, the tools will categorise and summarise content quickly and accurately, perform large-scale analysis of terrorism trends and spot disinformation. They will also identify and monitor individuals and online communities, link pseudonyms with real people, and capture and store data for further analysis.

The system is being demonstrated and validated in three pilot actions focused on propaganda, training, and fund-raising, and overseen by law-enforcement agencies in operational environments.

DANTE’s goal is to significantly reduce the time and money needed for terrorism-related investigations, thereby boosting security levels. Furthermore, the project takes full account of legal, ethical and privacy issues and thus should help to improve public perception of security measures to combat online terrorist activities.

Project details

  • Project acronym: DANTE
  • Participants: Italy (Coordinator), Spain, Greece, Germany, France, Ireland, Austria, United Kingdom, Belgium, Portugal
  • Project N°: 700367
  • Total costs: € 6 199 228
  • EU contribution: € 4 998 527
  • Duration: September 2016 to February 2019

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