The problem of radicalisation is very high on the European agenda as increasing numbers of young European radicals return from Syria and use the internet to disseminate propaganda.  

To enable policy makers to design policies to address radicalisation effectively, Policy Cloud consortium partner Maggioli will collect and analyse data from social media and other sources including:

  • The open-source Global Terrorism Database (GTD) which contains information about  terrorist events occurring between 1970 and 2015. 
  • The Onion City search engine which accesses data over the TOR dark web sites. 
  • Twitter data accessible through Firehose - to be analysed using sentiment analysis and opinion mining software.

The full range of Policy Cloud services will be used to transform the raw data into actionable knowledge which is of practical value to policy creators.

For instance, analytics tools such as sentiment analysis and opinion mining software will be applied to Twitter data to identify radicalisation efforts and link those efforts to particular terrorist groups or attacks. 

Analytics will also be used to segment radicalisation efforts demographically, visualise radicalisation trends, and assign risk profiles to individual suspects.

Analysis activities will respect the privacy requirements established within the Policy Cloud  Ethics Framework.


News about The Radicalisation Pilot

Report Published: Data-Driven Policymaking Week

A report on the Data Driven Policymaking Week has just been published by Policy Cloud covering the salient points of the week of events.

Data Driven Policymaking Week

Data Driven Policymaking Week wants to unite policymakers, public administrators, decision makers, and social science researchers around the four pilot use cases at the heart of the Policy Cloud project. 

Policy Cloud Societal and Ethical Requirements and Guidelines

Policy Cloud has published an analysis of the ethical, legal, regulatory, and societal issues which impinge on the project, and the associated requirements for data gathering and management.

Use Case Scenarios Definition & Design

Policy Cloud has published Use Case Scenarios Definition & Design, the first document describing the pilot use cases and scenarios that will help the testing and development of the Policy Cloud platform. 

The Radicalisation Pilot Events

The Radicalisation Pilot Webinar

26 April 2021 - 14:00 to 15:00


Policy Cloud Data Driven Policies against Radicalisation

02 July 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00