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Research, Intelligence and Technology for Heritage and Market Security

Description du projet

Une stratégie d’intelligence artificielle pour lutter contre le trafic du patrimoine culturel

Le commerce illicite du patrimoine culturel peut être une activité lucrative pour les organisations criminelles et même les groupes terroristes. Ils exploitent l’internet et les médias sociaux pour accroître et différencier leurs activités, ce qui complique la tâche des services répressifs dans la lutte contre cette criminalité transnationale. Le projet RITHMS, financé par l’UE, renforcera la capacité opérationnelle de la police, des autorités douanières et frontalières à lutter contre la nature organisée et polycriminelle du trafic de biens culturels. Il propose une approche interdisciplinaire et une recherche transversale couvrant tous les domaines concernés par cette forme de criminalité. Son objectif consiste à informer le cadre théorique d’une plateforme informatique interopérable basée sur l’analyse des réseaux sociaux et capable d’identifier les acteurs impliqués ainsi que leurs interconnexions. Cette plateforme fournira aux enquêteurs des renseignements précieux sur les activités et l’évolution potentielle de ces réseaux.

Objectif

RITHMS project intends to boost the operational capacity of Police and Customs/Border Authorities in addressing the increasingly organised and poly-criminal nature of trafficking in cultural goods through research, technological innovation, outreach and training.
Illicit trade in cultural heritage has progressed from a local phenomenon limited to the initiative of a few individuals to a highly remunerative source of income for criminal organisations and terrorist groups that have taken advantage of the opportunities offered by the web and social media to further expand an already flourishing market. Against this background, RITHMS proposes an interdisciplinary approach made necessary by the transnational character of this crime and its links to other criminal networks. The project will define a replicable strategy to counter the challenges in addressing the illicit trafficking of stolen/looted cultural goods and to investigate the mechanisms underpinning it, including its connection with organised crime. RITHMS will foster cross-cutting research bringing together all the domains relevant to expand the understanding of this type of crime (art market, criminology, law studies, forensic science, etc.). Inputs from these disciplines will inform the theoretical framework underlying an interoperable AI-based Platform able to identify criminal organised networks and to provide investigators with valuable intelligence on the activities and evolution of such networks. The Platform will be leveraging the methods of Social Network Analysis (SNA), a methodology that gives a way to better understand human behaviour through people's relations and interactions. Including four Police authorities, two Border Agencies, one Police School, SMEs, and researchers from SSH and ICT, RITHMS Consortium is well positioned to offer solutions to counteract more effectively organisations involved in illicit activities against cultural heritage.

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FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 1 232 230,00
Adresse
Via morego 30
16163 Genova
Italie

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Région
Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Type d’activité
Research Organisations
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Autres sources de financement
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