The main focus of Project TENSOR is to keep people safe. The project which is funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 programme will seek to develop a platform offering Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) fast and reliable planning and prevention functionalities for the early detection of terrorist activities, radicalisation and recruitment.
The project consortium recognises that for the majority of citizens, the internet is a valuable resource in day to day life. But for criminals and terrorists, it provides opportunities to exploit the internet as a tool where they can communicate with affiliates, coordinate action plans, raise funds, and introduce new supporters or recruits into their networks. These activities present a significant risk to the citizens of Europe and present LEAs with significant challenges in how they identify, gather and interpret terrorist generated content online.
The Dark Web presents additional challenges due to its inaccessibility and the fact that undetected material can contribute to the advancement of terrorist violence and radicalisation. LEAs also face the challenge of extracting and summarising meaningful and relevant content hidden in huge amounts of online data to inform their resource deployment and investigations.
In this context, the main objective of the TENSOR project is to provide a powerful terrorism intelligence platform offering LEAs fast and reliable planning and prevention functionalities for the early detection of terrorist organised activities, radicalisation and recruitment. The platform will integrate a set of automated and semi-automated tools for
Efficient and effective searching, crawling, monitoring and gathering online terrorist-generated content from the Surface and the Dark Web;
- Internet penetration through intelligent dialogue-empowered bots;
- Information extraction from multimedia (e.g., video, images, audio) and multilingual content;
- Content categorisation, filtering and analysis;
- Real-time relevant content summarisation and visualisation;
- Creation of automated audit trails;
- Privacy-by-design and data protection.
The project brings together industry, LEAs, legal experts and research institutions from across Europe. It is expected that this positive collaboration will have significant impact on:
- Keeping people safe by enabling LEAs to access and examine terrorist generated content online bringing significant advantages to their operational capability
- ensuring the final system meets end-user LEA requirements, and
- promoting industry enhanced understanding of operational LEA requirements and their market competitiveness in the field of online organised crime, terrorism and harmful radicalization
The WyFi team are involved in providing end-user requirements as well as legal and ethical considerations to the technical partners, and are the lead partner for Work Package 8, which will provide test scenarios for the prototype software and evaluate its performance.
For more information, please visit the Tensor project website - http://www.tensor-project.eu/