EN Bigosint News

BIGOSINT Project Kick Off Meeting

On Thursday, January 27, is the first meeting of the new BIGOSINT European project “Countering THB through big data and OSINT analysis” Funded by the European Commission under the Internal Security Fund – Police.

This project brings together four organizations including the Euro-Arab Foundation, the Prosecutor of the Ordinary Court of Trento (Italy) who will coordinate the project, Agenfor International (Italy) and the Faculty of Public Administration of Bremen (Germany) to face the new challenges and new forms of exploitation of Human Trafficking. As emphasised in the UNODC 2020 GLOTIP Report, the web facilitates highly targeted victim recruitment, access to an infinite number of victims, anonymity for offenders and profiteers, covering the traces of financial transactions, and new, devastating forms of exploitation.

As an extension of the EU-funded project UNCHAINED, BIGOSINT will develop and pilot advanced, intelligence-led tools to enhance investigations into internet-abetted trafficking in human beings (THB), directly targeting the diverse roles that the cyber-environment plays in the THB chain.

BIGOSINT matches Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and cryptocurrency analysis with the FAST Platform, a solid investigative software within an intelligence-led policing approach aimed at bringing perpetrators to justice and differentiating victims from traffickers in a proportionate, legal, accountable and necessary manner.

Through specialized software gathering and untumbling blockchain data and cryptowallets, and profiling-oriented OSINT solutions, anti-trafficking multiagency teams with judicial oversight are able to proactively detect existing online markets and networks, collect human-rights compliant digital forensic evidence, share information and develop enforcement countermeasures by leveraging on public-private partnership.

The BIGOSINT investigative techniques will be piloted for a period of 20 weeks, supported by innovative LEA training on implementation of the tools, the dynamics of internet-facilitated THB, and models for cross-border and inter-agency cooperation. Training will reach 100 LEAs from three pilot countries using the training of the trainer methodology, incorporating innovative virtual reality training, immersing participants in simulated scenarios based on real-life cases.

National inter-agency teams will be established in 3 Member States and a Communication Toolkit will be deployed to support the protection of potential victims, and vulnerable groups in particular.

In that project, FUNDEA will be in charge of the Work Package 2 ‘Understanging the THB investigative cycle’ which aims to deepen relevant practitioners understanding of investigations on the THB cycle in the cyber environment.

EN Shield News

First work sessions of the Shield project

On January 25 and 26, 2022, the Kick-Off meeting of the European project SHIELD, is held with representatives of the 19 European organizations, including the Euro-Arab Foundation, which form the consortium. This first meeting, held in virtual format, marks the beginning of this new project funded by the European Commission under the Internal Security Fund.

The SHIELD project aims to protect Christian, Jewish and Muslim places of worship from terrorist attacks in 11 countries of the European Union. To this end, SHIELD aims to enhance cooperation between public and private actors, raise awareness of the danger of terrorism, and develop new or upgrade methodologies and solutions to protect places of worship and mitigate the effects of attacks. To this end, the SHIELD consortium includes EU public and private actors – Christian, Jewish and Muslim organisations, security practitioners, LEAs, municipalities, experts in risk detection and technological partners. In this way, both the capacity of the Member States and the European Union itself will be improved in the management of risks related to terrorism, the protection of people and buildings.c

SHIELD will identify the critical points in places of worship of each of the three religions, the circumstances and rituals (Sunday Mass, Shabbat, Jumuʿa) that are most subject to the risk of terrorist attacks, the religious buildings that are potentially most vulnerable, as well as the types terrorist attack that would be more likely to survive. SHIELD will outline tailored recommendations and guidelines focused on prevention and the implementation of common protocols to mitigate the impact of attacks. SHIELD will produce and distribute factsheets and leaflets to religious leaders who will actively spread them and raise awareness on terrorist threat among respective communities.

On first day, partners will introduce the project overview and background, as well as the 5 work packages: WP1: Management and Coordination of the Action; WP2: Analysis of critical points, activities and risks; WP3: Identification of security measures; WP4: Simulation of security measures; WP5: Dissemination and communication. On second day, work sessions will be held in which the partners will discuss the organization of their work packages and plan the upcoming tasks and next steps as well as establish needed inputs from other WPs and expected outputs for other WPs.

SHIELD has a consortium made up of 19 institutions and organizations from 11 European countries:

Project Coordinator:

SYNYO GmbH – Austria


Zanasi Alessandro SRL – Italy
Fundacja Obserwatorium Spoleczne – Poland
Fundación Euroárabe de Altos Estudios – Spain
Institul intercultural Timisoara – Romania
Spin System ASBL – Belgium
Hochschule fur den offentlichen dienst in Bayern – Germany
Municipio do Barreiro – Portugal
Europe Islamic Association – Italy
ISGAP Europe – Italy
European Organisation for Security – Belgium
Polskie Towarzystwo Oceny Technologii – Poland
Italpol Vigilanza SRL – Italy
Centro Internazionale di Ricerca Sistemica – Italy
Fondazione Amici della Cattedrale – Italy
Glavna Direktsia Natsionalna Politsia – Bulgaria
Orszagos Rabbikepzo Zsido Egyetem – Hungary
Miict News

MIICT final conference: Co-creating ICT solutions to aid migrant integration: challenges, solutions and sustainability

26th January 2022 (online event) 09.30-16.45 (CET)

Join us on the 26th of January 2022, when we present our final project outputs!

The conference unites consortium members and external experts working in the field of migration, integration and digitalisation to present the challenges and solutions in relation to the co-creation of ICT solutions which aid the integration of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. Key note speakers include Miguel Almario (International Organisation for Migration), Prof. Babak Akhgar (CENTRIC) and Hinano Spreafico (European Commission). The panels will focus on co-creation, evidencebased research and field work in Spain, Cyprus and Italy, technological solutions and their sustainability. For more information consult our project website. Register here!

Patricia Bueso (Fundea), will be presenting “Supporting migrants through ICTs in Spain. The main findings from the MIICT project” at Panel 2 Migration Research and New Technologies in Spain, together with José María González Riera (Fundea), Antonio Javier Jimenez Paiz (International Protection Programme, Spanish Red Cross) and Rut Bermejo Casado (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos).

The panels will focus on co-creation, evidence-based research, technological solutions and sustainability:

Panel 1 Co-Creation – experts will explore how ICT solutions can provide efficient and effective integration when they are co-created by the end users. Cocreative methods are enlightening and have a transformative effect on participating migrants, but they also pose challenges. The presentations will highlight some of these as well as the knowledge gap that often exists between project and policy designers and field-based practitioners and share some insights on the credibility (or not) of co-creation methodology. Experts will also address the legal and ethical considerations surrounding the development of ICT solutions for migrants’ integration in this panel.

Panel 2-4 Evidence based research – experts from the MIICT project will present evidence-based research from the pilot countries along with external experts in order to address the importance of the customisation of ICT solutions. They will explore what these ICT solutions mean for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees and key social service providers in Italy, Cyprus and Spain reporting on activities carried out during different phases of the research using hybrid approaches due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Panel 5 Technological solutions – experts in this panel will present one possible technological solution—the one created in the MIICT project which is an interactive platform called IMMERSE. The panel will also include presentations from other experts who will explore the importance of other technological developments such as artificial intelligence.

Panel 6 Impact and sustainability – experts in this panel will report on the findings from high-level policy roundtables and address how the deployed solutions can be made sustainable though monitoring and validation techniques to ensure migrants are not put at risk or misinformed.

Download the program here

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EN Mirad News

The MIRAD project begins: Multi-Ideological Radicalisation Assessment towards Disengagement

Between today and tomorrow, representatives of the 7 European organizations that make up the MIRAD European consortium will meet to start this new project funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund–Police. The meeting will be held in a hybrid format in Paris, France, and online through the Zoom platform.

In the different sessions, there will be an introduction of the project partners and their respective organizations; a contextualization of MIRAD, objectives, results, events and a brief summary of its work packages; a detailed presentation of the MIRAD Work Packages by their respective leaders, of the MIRAD internal communication channel as well as a co-joint debate and decision-making on additional relevant issues related to the project.

The MIRAD-Assessment of Multi-Ideological Radicalisation Assessment towards Disengagement project recognizes the importance of rehabilitating people convicted of terrorism and ensuring their reintegration, seeking with its work to be able to sustainably influence the intellectual debate and the practical application of radicalization detection and risk assessment tools in the prison context with the support of NGOs related to criminal justice systems.

The actions contemplated in the MIRAD project are aimed at expanding collaboration in the field of disengagement and reintegration programs amongst governmental bodies and non-institutional organisations; enhance proficiency in the application and management of specific and tailor-made radicalisation screening and risk assessment tools; promoting training and learning to maximize the results of deradicalization and reintegration programs as well as paying greater attention to programs for violent extremist offenders, through cooperative relationships between prison and liberty administrations probation, legal professionals and NGOs.

The Euro-Arab Foundation will collaborate in work package 3 ‘Individual Radicalization Screening (IRS) adaptation and ideological-focused component’, to the development of an assessment tool focused on the ideological component of Islamic extremism.

Project coordinator:

Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers – ,France


 IPS_Innovative Prison Systems (IPS), Portugal
 Polish Platform for Homeland Security (PPHS), Poland
 Euro-Arab Foundation of Higher-Studies (FUNDEA), Spain
– Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD), Bulgaria
 Social Action and Innovation Centre (KMOP), Greece
– Association Militants des Savoirs (MDS), France
– International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP), Belgium