Co-funded by the European Union

Society simulation tool enables informed counter-terrorist policies

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Could simulation-driven decision-making help prevent terrorist networks from recruiting? This is what the PROTON project is banking on.

So-called ‘Islamic State’ has shown us much about how contemporary terrorist organisations find their recruits: they target what they call ‘lone wolves’, essentially by means of propaganda relayed on social media or dedicated websites. But what happens from there, and how these organisations adapt to change, is still unclear.

The truth is, there has been very little research about the recruitment processes of criminal and terrorist organisations – even though such research is essential to deploying effective countermeasures.

The EU-funded project PROTON aimed to fill this gap. “Now we finally know more about the different factors that drive criminals and terrorists to join their organisations, and we can better prevent and/or control this phenomenon,” says Ernesto Savona, director of Transcrime and PROTON coordinator.


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