April 05th, 2018

Ambitious European project aims to stamp out online radicalisation

On June 22, the European Council challenged the European industry to “build on the work of the EU Internet Forum to establish an Industry Forum and to develop new technology and tools to improve the automatic detection and removal of content that incites to terrorist acts”.

Social media providers are determined to fight terrorist propaganda, but admit that there is no specific tool for identifying terrorist content on the Internet, forcing them to rely on proprietary spam-fighting tools, user reports and human analysis in order to detect accounts promoting terrorism.

RED-Alert is a research and innovation project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme to develop new online content monitoring and analysis tools to fight terrorism while preserving the privacy of citizens.

The project harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to detect terrorist content, based on a unique combination of technologies such as natural language processing, semantic media analysis, social network analysis and complex event processing.

The specific objectives of RED-Alert are:

  1. Improve available building blocks (NLP, SNA, CEP) and combine them with artificial intelligence (AI) in order to support the language, usability and privacy-preserving requirements of the RED-Alert solution
  2. Integrate all building blocks (NLP, SNA, CEP) in a holistic solution with real-time collaborative capabilities and create a baseline system (development environment) for current and future use
  3. Involve law enforcement agencies in the specification and the demonstration of the RED-Alert solution
  4. Disseminate the project results in the scientific and law enforcement communities, prepare the exploitation of the RED-Alert solution and its individual modules


RED-Alert brings the best of European research and innovation together to fight terrorism with a consortium of 16 organizations from 8 countries, including 6 European law enforcement agencies, supported by Europol’s counter-terrorism unit.

Insikt Intelligence is one of the consortium industrial partners where we lead the social language processing and the exploitation work packages. Our core expertise is Natural Language Processing as applied to text data. Specifically, we have expertise in: latent semantic analysis, automatic sentiment analysis, Named Entity Detection, concept extraction, text similarity, topic classification, key idea extraction, emotion mining, word sense disambiguation, opinion detection, text distance, subjectivity analysis and opinion dynamics.

“RED-Alert involves a lot more than a computer recognizing certain words. The building technology will be able to process massive amounts of unstructured data – such as social media posts – in order to identify meaningful relationships and spot potential threats”, explains Jennifer Woodard, CEO of Insikt Intelligence.

Red Alert is determined to leverage the most advanced technologies to fight terrorism and prevent future attacks on our soil. This project will provide key intelligence assets to European law enforcement agencies.

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