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Filming the birth of an idea

A video outlining PROTON’s innovative, science-based approach against organised crime and terrorist networks is now available.


PROTON has released a video illustrating the ideas behind one of its main research outputs in the fight to recruitment to organised crime and terrorist networks, namely the development of PROTON-S, a set of agent-based simulations aimed to test on a computer the impact of different policy interventions on the recruitment of individuals. The results of the simulations will be visualised using PROTON Wizard, a user-friendly tool also developed by PROTON. PROTON Wizard will give policy makers easy access to simulations’ results, hence providing valuable indications for the implementation of effective prevention measures. The video was produced by PROTON’s partner Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), the team leading the development of PROTON-S. It was filmed during an internal PROTON workshop held on the 19th and 20th of February 2018 at the University Campus of the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (LUISS) and organised by the CNR. The workshop had two main goals. One was to discuss the outcomes of the study carried out by the PROTON’s consortium on the social, psychological and economic factors behind recruitment to organised crime and terrorist networks. The results of such analyses are used as inputs for PROTON-S to build reliable societal models. The other main goal was the organisation of the final tasks leading to the design of both PROTON-S and PROTON Wizard. Besides the CNR, the meeting saw the participation of a number of other members of the project’s consortium: the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (project coordinator), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Palermo. The participants had the possibility to discuss in depth the overall structure and expected outcomes of the agent-based models and to start identifying policy interventions for the prevention of recruitment into organised crime and terrorist networks to be explored using PROTON-S. Watch the video here:


crime, organised crime, mafia, security