A project kick-off e-meeting held on May 19-20, 2021, outlined the collaboration mechanisms between the 19 partners in the CounteR consortium, the project timelines, expected outcomes, along with other organisational matters related to the activity implementation. CounteR is an innovative cross-European 36-month project that supports the fight against radicalisation to prevent future terrorist attacks with funding through the European Commission’s H2020 programme. The CounteR consortium is implemented by a consortium, composed of 19 organisations from 11 member states.
The CounteR consortium brings together an illustrious group of international subject-matter experts in counterterrorism, radicalisation and privacy law, six European law enforcement agencies with practical infield knowledge, as well as a group of technical SMEs and academic partners.
During the kick-off meeting, partners shared that, in spite of the massive efforts being made by both the EU and the European and international law enforcement agencies in recent years, radicalisation – online in particular – is harder to stop than ever, especially in the context of social disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, an open platform for analysis and early alert – the CounteR solution – will be launched, collecting and analysing data from dispersed sources in order to predict critical communities at risk of radicalisation and violent extremism and aid law enforcement to more easily detect radicalisation processes.