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Crime Investigations & European Union’s Government & Policing of Online Hate Crime or Speech

June 13, 2019

Collecting Data via OSINT tools and Web Monitoring Solutions Leverages Policing and National Security Efforts for a Safer World

Marginalized, stigmatized and minority populations have been subject to the traumas, direct impact and verbal instigation and provocation of hate crimes for centuries. Today’s world is loaded with online and mobile communication platforms, apps, open, deep and dark web avenues for criminal collaboration. Hate crime has become an increasing concern to social order in areas of Europe, including the United Kingdom, with specific regions and countries taking proactive steps to prevent, monitor, and predict hate crime for a safer society. Individuals of all genders, religions, sexual orientations, race, beliefs and ages are able to live with greater security as government and policing organizations collect critical disaggregated and detailed online data via OSINT tools (Open Source Investigation Tools).

With key insights, agents and analysts are empowered with simplified, automated predictive analysis of potentially hateful online content. Social media intelligence powered by robust OSINT investigation tools and web monitoring technologies have provided reliable and precision-focused takeaways to government & law enforcement agencies with zero-tolerance hate crime policies and laws. We’ll discuss the foundation for the EU’s developments as a progressive leader in the prevention and targeting of hate crime via online data collection, analysis, recording and use in policing and government organizations – from a few decades back to date.

Data & Hate Crimes: Prevention & Monitoring in National Security & Law Enforcement Agencies

The mission to eliminate hate crime and online content reflecting malicious intentions, is now an integral aspect of the European Union’s government security, municipal and regional policing in various countries. In as far back 1996, the ECRI established a policy to actively collect and assess online or print content reflecting hate crime, with one source also indicating just under 2 decades later:

“The 2013 Council Conclusions on combating hate crime in the European Union14 stress in particular the need for an efficient collection of reliable and comparable data on hate crimes, including, as far as possible, the number of such incidents reported by the public and recorded by the authorities and the bias motives behind these crimes.”

By 2004, the ECRI indicated that a streamlined collection and monitoring system was fundamental to the successful prevention of racial hate crime, and in 2007, the ECRI, insisted on the development of proprietary system or solution to effectively understand, define and prevent verbal hate crime expressed online, or instigating its occurrence.

The aforementioned source indicates that every detail of hate crimes, (using the example of racial hatred), filed in police reports are essential to progress for law enforcement and policing agencies: from locations, specific violent or verbal threats, vocabulary choices and lexicon used to expressed racial hatred, to times and dates, individuals or groups of individuals associated with targeted crime and hatred of specific minorities and populations.

How it Works: Recording & Analyzing Hate Crime Content Via OSINT Tools & Predictive Analysis

“In its regular country reports, the Council of Europe’s human rights monitoring body, ECRI, identifies gaps and recommendations for improvement in the area of hate crime, and more specifically in recording and collecting data on hate crime,” the aforementioned source indicates. And the principle measures taken in order to fill the gaps required to optimize the efficiency of crime investigations include:

  • Organized recording, collecting and assessment of hate crime data via advanced solutions and internal system that scan the web’s communication for accurate and relevant intelligent insights.
  • Tagging and identifying key terminology and jargon as hate crime with biased indicators embedded into sophisticate OSINT tools, that in turn provide concrete predictive analysis of social media and online content of all forms that express, instigate, provoke or connotate hate crime or their escalation. Release of data in a modular and controlled manner that allows government and policing organizations to define acts and spoken hate crimes, allowing analysts and personnel to efficiently group main actors and identify the links between then in organized hate crime.
  • Police officers should always have easy access to flagging and identifying data that presents evidence of hate crime or its development, or documentation of negative sentiment associated with language and slang, street words, racial slurs, prejudice or malicious content.
  • Support of hate crime victims and their families to ensure in-depth investigations look out primarily for those at risk, and for social order and justice at large, along with equality and human rights.

The United Kingdom has passed certain policies as critical for policing and investigative action against hate crime to grow and succeed. Mandatory publicly available guidance and lists of bias indicators of hate crime, along with flagging of hate crimes or biased motives of content is a compulsory and integral aspect of the UK’s policing system. The country has actively participated in a 6-way collaborative initiative with other EU countries to prevent hate crime, an active member of the ‘Facing all the Facts’ project powering training and identification methods to prevent hate crime.


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