The Europol European Center for Counter-Terrorism (ECTC) held its first High-Level Conference on Terrorist Propaganda.

The terrorist threat through the Internet is a serious issue that worries on a global scale as demonstrated by the participants in the conference. It has been shown that terrorist groups such as the so-called Islamic State (IS) owe much of their internet strategy.

That is why one of the fundamental objectives of the European Union is the fight against this type of terrorism whose virtual footprint will remain in the networks for a long time. To this end, according to experts, it is necessary to act in a coordinated and systematic manner with law enforcement, public institutions and the private sector. For this reason, a Consultative Group was set up in 2016 to take advantage of the expertise and technological know-how of academics and professionals to respond quickly to the progress of terrorist groups in this field.

Now the results of this collaboration have been presented where Big Data plays a prominent role and the mapping of the terrorist networks, as well as the knowledge of the tactics and communication of the terrorists. It has been a very productive meeting for all of us.

 

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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