EuroCrim 2022 – The XXII ESC Conference

EuroCrim 2022 – The XXII ESC Conference

Title:

Understanding emerging terrorist financing threats and schemes for the development of innovative investigative tools

Authors:

Maria Jofre (maria.jofre@unicatt.it)

Alberto Aziani (alberto.aziani@unicatt.it)

Edoardo Villa (edoardo.villa04@icatt.itI

Institution: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Crime&tech

Presentation Type: Individual Paper Presentation

Abstract:

In the last decade, the European Union has proposed a series of measures to counter money laundering and terrorist financing. The Renewed European Union Security Strategy planned for 2015-2020 stressed that efforts should focus on the traceability of money flows based on the effective use of new technologies. Furthermore, recent investigations and research have evidenced that terrorists heavily rely on the use of new payment methods (e.g., cryptocurrencies) and internet-based communication platforms (e.g., social media, darknet forums) to support their activities, both logistically and financially. In line with this, the proposed solutions offered by the Cut The Cord (CTC) project (ISFP GA 101036276) will support law enforcement agencies in their preparedness and capacity to counter terrorist financing by implementing various Artificial Intelligence tools for data acquisition and analysis. To this end, we first identify relevant recurrent patterns in the modi operandi of terrorist financing by analyzing 340 real-life cases. We continue with the operationalization of the identified schemes into use-cases, which are further used to extract the requirements of end-users regarding the proposed technologies. Insights on terrorist financing threats and schemes as well as end-user requirements are ultimately validated in focus groups involving relevant stakeholders.

Press announcement

The XXII ESC Conference was held in 21-24 September 2022, in Malaga, under the topic ‘’Challenges and opportunities in a virtually and physically connected Europe: The need for criminology’’. This academic conference was organised by the European Society of Criminology (ESC), attracting relevant and well-known people from the criminological domain presenting their work.

Maria Jofre from C&t as a consortium member of the CTC project, attended the event and participated in the Radicalization, Extremism and Terrorism panel along with three more presenters, who covered different topics including (i) extremism and how its related research has evolved over time, (ii) dissemination of terrorist content and how to automatize its regulation and (iii) radicalization and how its discourse in the social sciences has changed in the last two decades.

Due to the relevance of the paper Ms Jofre presented, she managed to hold a position in the European Society of Criminology’s Terrorism, Extremism and Radicalization Working Group (WG-Extreme). The CTC project was presented to the attendees, raising awareness about its first results and inviting them to join the Stakeholders Community that has been established. This is a great opportunity for CTC to work closely with this working group through Ms Jofre. You can find the whole presentation here:

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