On 18 and 19 January, the consortium and associated partners of the ‘X-Sonar: Extremist Engagement in Social Media Networks: Identifying, Analyzing and Preventing Processes of Radicalization’ research project got together at the German Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Berlin for their first network meeting of 2018. 29 representatives attended, including Bielefeld University, the German Police University, the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology, the Saarland State Institute for Preventative Action and the Lower Saxony Office of Criminal Investigation. The Hamburg Schools and Vocational Training Authority, the Brandenburg State Police Academy, the Schleswig-Holstein Office of Criminal Investigation and the German Forum for Crime Prevention Foundation were also in attendance. The research project is being supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Prof. Christoph Igel, Scientific Director of the EdTec Lab at DFKI, and Prof. Günter Dörr, Saarland State Institute for Preventative Action, gave a workshop report on the joint project ‘Developing and evaluating a further training model for security agencies and civil society and developing a digital information and training platform’. Building on a scientific basis and taking relevant practical experience into account, the project is developing a blended learning model and a ‘train the trainer’ seminar which enables both civil society stakeholders and security agencies to be trained using the content provided. The content is being tested and evaluated across multiple federal states. As well as providing training for various different target groups, the aim of this sub-project is to disseminate and make sustainable use of the X-SONAR research findings.