EUROPOL recommends Member States to increase their OSINT capacity to monitor social media and the use of technologies by terrorists
According to the last Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) recently published by EUROPOL – the European Union’s law enforcement agency – there is an increasing convergence between cybercrime and terrorism. Indeed, “Terrorists are becoming increasingly proficient in hiding their traces and activities by using anonymising and encryption tools and services » such as Tor available on the cybercrime market. Another trend highlighted by EUROPOL is the increasing use social media platforms by terrorist groups “to engage in recruitment campaigns, propaganda, incitement of terror acts and for claiming responsibility for attack”. In order to address these challenges, the EU law enforcement agency recommends Member States to “increase their OSINT capacity in order to monitor the development of new technologies that have potential for abuse by terrorists and which have already been adopted, and to proactively monitor social media to detect early patterns of radicalisation”.
Read the full IOCTA 2016 report.
Mapping as Commons
1. Stick to the Commons: as a goal and a practice
2. Create syntony on the goal
3. People’s needs first
4. Keep an eye on interoperability and use web technology
5. Contribute to the Federated Commons
6. Provide open access
7. Use free software
8. Self-host your infrastructure
9. Build on open technology standards
10. Make sure you really own your data
11. Use free open data licenses
12. Guarantee the openness of taxonomies
13. Make the Data Commons thrive through your usage
14. Care for your Data Commons
15. Protect the ‚maps & atlasses commons‘ legally as commons
16. Crowdsource your mapping
17. Remember always why you are making the map and who you are making it for.
18. Archive the map when it doesn’t work anymore for you.
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Open-Source Climate Change Data From NASA, NOAA, & Others Available For 1st Time
There is a need to make that data available in a jargon-free format and with guidance on how to use it effectively. A new organization will do just that. On September 22, PREP, the Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness, was launched by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, World Resources Institute, U.S. Global Change Research Program, and a host of industry supporters including Microsoft and Google. PREP will harness the data revolution to strengthen climate resilience efforts, streamline climate data delivery, and inform researchers and data providers which climate data are most valuable.
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