Z&P’s CEO Alessandro Zanasi attended the “Building Alliance – Preventing Terror Conference” in Brussels

Zanasi & Partners’ CEO, Mr. Alessandro ZANASI, attended the “Building Alliance – Preventing Terror Conference“, organised in Brussels by the Counter Extremism Project.

 

 

During the event, Mr. Zanasi has had the opportunity to interact with former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs – now MEP and Chair of European Parliament subcommittee on Security and Defence – Ms. Anna FOTYGA. Ms. Fotyga was briefed about the TRIVALENT project, a research effort dedicated to counter the spread of radicalising narratives, promoted by Z&P and funded by the European Commission. TRIVALENT can notably count on the support, as full project partners, of 11 law enforcement agencies, three of which (National Police, Gdansk and Radom Local police forces) based in Poland.

Scientific article on the use of serious games for the training of intelligence analysts published by Z&P’s personnel

Alessandro Zanasi, Fabio Ruini and Alessandro Bonzio, from Zanasi & Partners, have published a scientific article on the International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering, titled “Intelligence Analysts’ Training Through Serious Games: The LEILA Project“.

 

 

The article takes inspiration from the work carried out during the LEILA project, a research project co-funded by the European Commission (within the context of FP7 programme), running from 2013 to 2015.

 

LEILA investigated innovative methodologies for the development of the core competencies required for performing intelligence analysis. Building upon an in-depth study of intelligence analysts’ learning needs and inspired by a multitude of disciplines, LEILA developed a set of serious games, embedded into four comprehensive ‘learning experiences’ dedicated to intelligence analysis trainees. While the main target of LEILA is law-enforcement intelligence analysts, the competencies addressed by its learning experiences are potentially relevant to analysts operating across various sectors.

 

 

 

Bibliographic reference and download link:

  • Zanasi, A., Ruini, F., & Bonzio, A. (2017). Intelligence Analysts’ Training Through Serious Games: The Leila Project. International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering, 7(3), 380–389 [pdf] [bib]

Z&P’s CEO Alessandro Zanasi delivered a speech at the Sorbonne’s SMART School on Computational Social and Behavioral Sciences

Zanasi & Partners’ CEO, Mr. Alessandro ZANASI, has been invited to deliver a speech at SMART 2017, the Summer School on Computational Social and Behavioural Science organised in Paris by the Sorbonne Universités within the context of the SMART Labex project.

During his speech, titled “IT-induced Influence and Decision”, Mr. Zanasi discussed about the issue of fake news and the role that Big Data plays both in favouring their spread and as a tool for contrasting them.

Zanasi & Partners’ co-authored scientific article on the use of social media for crisis management presented at FUSION 2017 in Xi’An, China

A scientific article co-authored by Zanasi & Partners’ CEO Alessandro Zanasi and Fabio Ruini, titled “Using Social Media in Crisis Management. SOTERIA Fusion Center for Managing Information Gaps” has been presented at FUSION 2017, 20th edition of the International Conference on Information Fusion, held in Xi’An, China, from the 10th to the 13th July 2017.

 

 

The article describes the “Fusion Center”, a key element of the platform developed during the SOTERIA project, aimed at integrating social media into public safety organisations’ crisis response procedures. Zanasi & Partners, in particular, during the project was responsible for the development of functionalities to: 1) automatically identify social media posts describing emergency situations and classify them according to the kind of emergency described; and 2) prioritise messages in order to facilitate PSO’s response.

 

The work has been presented at FUSION 2017 by Claire Laudy-Fraubolet, from Thales, who co-authored the article together with Zanasi & Partners’ Alessandro Zanasi and Fabio Ruini, and ITTI‘s Marcin Przybyszeski and Anna Stachowicz.

 

Bibliographic reference and download link:

  • Laudy, C., Ruini, F., Zanasi, A., Przybyszeski, M., and Stachowicz, A. (2017), Using Social Media in Crisis Management. SOTERIA Fusion Center for Managing Information Gaps. In Proceedings of FUSION 201720th International Conference on Information Fusion (pp. 1855-1862) [pdf] [bib]

TRIVALENT counter-radicalisation project – kick-off meeting at the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome

PRESS RELEASE

 

ROME, 22nd June 2017 – The EC-funded research project TRIVALENT has officially started with a conference dedicated to “Europe and the challenges of radicalisation: what answers?”, held at the Italian Chamber of Deputies.

 

TRIVALENT (Terrorism pReventIon Via rAdicaLisation countEr-NarraTive), entirely funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme, is a research project carried out by an international consortium comprising 22 organisations (including 12 police forces) representing 10 different countries. Aim of the TRIVALENT project is to study the violent radicalisation phenomenon, as it takes places both on line and within prisons, and to develop methodologies and tools for contrasting it.

 

 

In front of over 100 participants, the panel of speakers invited to the conference engaged in an in-depth discussion on radicalisation and security, moderated by Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore’s Marco Ludovico.

 

On. Massimo Artini, vice-president of the Defence Commission at the Chamber of Deputies, highlighted the enormous importance of getting a better understanding of how the radicalisation process works, which is one the main aim of the TRIVALENT project.

 

On. Rosa Maria Vilecco Calipari, member of Copasir (Comitato parlamentare per la sicurezza delle Repubblica), also referring to the results of recent studies, stressed on the positive experience of C.A.S.A. (Comitato di Analisi Strategica Antiterrorismo) to underline how security can only be guaranteed when all the relevant information available is shared in a timely and exhaustive fashion between all the parties responsible for prevention and contrast.

 

Gen. Leonardo Tricarico, former chief of staff of the Italian Air Force and military advisor to three successive prime ministers, offered interesting insights on the relationship between security and privacy, suggesting how the latter should not represent an obstacle for the former.

 

Ing. Alessandro Zanasi, CEO of Zanasi & Partners, initiator and participant of the TRIVALENT project, has declared: “the only possible solution for addressing the problems raised by terrorism and radicalisation consists in using the instrument of funded research to make possible for private and public organisations to develop new security technologies and to improve the understanding of the rationale behind people undergoing a radicalisation journey”.

 

The Italian government, who participates directly to the project with the Ministry of Interior (Polizia di Stato) and the Ministry of Justice (Polizia Penitenziaria) was also represented at the kick-off by authorities participating on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and of the Comando Generale of Carabinieri and of Guardia di Finanza.

 

Zanasi & Partners (http://www.zanasi-alessandro.eu) is an Italian SME specialised in research, training and advisory in the fields of security and Intelligence. Clients include European, Middle Eastern and North Africa government, public security agencies and large industrial groups.

Z&P’s Fabio Ruini attended the ECSO Annual General Assembly in Brussels

Dr. Fabio Ruini, responsible for Z&P’s cyber-security activities, attended in Brussels the Annual Generaly Assembly of ECSO (European Cyber Security Organisation) held on the 21st June 2017.

 

 

The event represented the opportunity for summarising the activities carried out by ECSO and its members in the previous year and for deciding on the entrance of new members into the organisation (now 205).

 

The Annual General Assembly also served for electing the new members of the ECSO Board of Directors (3 from the users/operators category, 2 from the SMEs, 2 from RTO/university, 1 from regions/clusters, 5 from large companies) and of the Partnership Board.

Europe and the challenges of radicalisation: what answers? (Rome, 22nd June 2017)

Zanasi & Partners, as participant to the European security research project TRIVALENT, is delighted to invite you to the conference titled “Europe and the challenges of radicalisation: what answers?”.

 

The conference will take place on the 22nd of June 2017, from 4:00PM to 6:30PM, at the Chamber of Deputies (Sala del Mappamondo, Piazza Montecitorio 1) in Rome, according to the agenda available online. The meeting will constitute the inaugural event of TRIVALENT.

TRIVALENT (Terrorism pReventIon Via rAdicaLisation countEr-NarraTive), funded by the European Commission under the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme, is carried out by an international consortium comprising 22 organisations (including 12 police forces) representing 10 different countries. Aim of the project is to study the violent radicalisation phenomenon, as it takes places both on line and within penitentiaries, and to develop tools for contrasting it, including the production of ad hoc counter-narratives.

 

Participation to the conference is free of charge, although early registration is mandatory. You are therefore kindly asked to confirm your participation, by getting in touch with Mr. Alessandro Bonzio via email (alessandro.bonzio@zanasi-alessandro.eu) or via phone (+39 333 5053983).

 

Access to the room is allowed until reaching the maximum allowance permitted and following the exhibition of an ID.

 

Semi-formal/business dress code will be in place (jacket and tie required for men).

 

A simultaneous translation (English -> Italian, Italian -> English) service will be provided during the conference.

Z&P’s Alessandro Bonzio participated to the ACXIS/BODEGA/C-BORD/CORE/SOURCE Joint Exploitation Event in Paris

Mr. Alessandro Bonzio has represented Zanasi & Partners and the BODEGA project consortium at the Joint Exploitation Event, carried out in Paris, at the Institut de la Gestion Publique et du Développement Économique – IGPDE (Ministère de l’Économie et des Finances) on the 19th May 2017.

Mr. Bonzio has delivered a speech exploring the exploitation potential of the activities carried out by Zanasi & Partners within the BODEGA project, with a special focus on a solution for early detection of high-risk travellers. Building on the research carried out during the project, Z&P has enriched its advisory portfolio with a new set of services specifically aimed at supporting the design of risk assessment software that meets the operational as well as the human factor needs of border control officers.

ACXIS, BODEGA, C-BORD, CORE, SOURCE Joint Exploitation Event (Paris, 19th May 2017)

On the 19th of May 2017, Zanasi & Partners will represent the BODEGA consortium during a Joint Exploitation Event that will see the participation of representatives from 5 EC-funded security research initiatives:

 

  • ACXIS (Automated Comparison of X-ray Images for Cargo Scanning);
  • BODEGA (Proactive enhancement of human performance in border control);
  • C-BORD (Effective Container inspection at BORDer control points);
  • CORE;
  • SOURCE (Societal security network).

 

The event will take place in Paris, at the Institut de la Gestion Publique et du Développement Économique – IGPDE (Ministère de l’Économie et des Finances, 20 allée Georges Pompidou, 94306 Vincennes – map), starting at 9:00AM (registration since 8:30AM).

 

 

Registration for the event is required. Attendees should confirm their participation on the Community Management Tool (CMT):

  1. Register to the CMT (follow this link and please include your first name and last name for the field “display name”)
  2. Join the group “C-BORD Community”
  3. Register to the meeting: https://www.eurtd.com/cmt/events/event/view/8234/acxis-bodega-c-bord-core-source-joint-exploitation-event

 

A draft agenda of the event can be found here.

Hack Istanbul ’17

Zanasi & Partners officially supports Hack Istanbul ’17, an international cyber security conference which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, in the coming months.

The conference foresees several panel discussions. Amongst the topics covered by the various panels: energy, finance, e-government, aviation. During the conference there will also be two competitions:

  • CTF: competition for cyber security experts
  • PCB: project based competition for public and private organisations and/or IT managers

 

Additional information can be found at: http://www.hackistanbul.com.