Organized (cyber-)crime (OC) and terrorist networks (TN) are major threats for the European Union and its population. On the one hand, the number and value of assets confiscated from organized crime are more and more increasing in Europe, which indicates its rise in Europe and its challenge of the legal economy or tax base of many nation states. On the other hand, Europe is facing an increasing number of individuals, who are recruited as foreign fighters or for terrorist attacks within Europe. In addition, the direct implications, an atmosphere of fear is created. Additionally, the economic costs for prevention and fighting OC and TN are increasing. This is particularly relevant in times of austerity measures, when the reduction of integration programs and support of marginalized groups is increasing the boundaries between the milieus. Even in allegedly “egalitarian” societies, the entrenchment within societies is increasing and producing classes of “left-behinds” with no chance for upwards social mobility. And it is often young people with no future perspectives, who are at risk of becoming engaged in criminal organizations or in terrorist networks. It is the combination of these challenges and respective policies, which are ultimately challenging social cohesion in Europe. Towards such field are currently devoted several research projects such as TAKEDOWN (http://takedownproject.eu/), a European Research project, where 18 European partners (ranging from Academy, Industry and Law Enforcement Agency) aims to analyze and get a deeper knowledge on OC and TN in order to advance the State-of-the-art and providing more effective digital and non-digital solutions for first line practitioners, law enforcement agencies and policy makers.
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