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Key Facts

Project Title:

The Global Dynamics of Extortion Racket Systems

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Start Date:

01 October 2012


University of Surrey, United Kingdom

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Conference: Societal Dimensions of Organised Crime


The GLODERS research project is directed towards development of an ICT model for understanding a specific aspect of the dynamics of the global financial system:Extortion Racket Systems (ERSs). ERSs, of which the Mafia is but one example, are spreading globally from a small number of seed locations, causing massive disruption to economies. Yet there is no good understanding of their dynamics and thus how they may be countered. ERSs are not only powerful criminal organizations, operating at several hierarchical levels, but also prosperous economic enterprises and highly dynamic systems, likely to reinvest in new markets.  If stakeholders - legislators and law enforcers - are to be successful in attacking ERSs, they need the much better understanding of the evolution of ERSs that computational models and ICT tools can give them.

GLODERS will provide a theory-driven set of computational tools, developed through a process of participatory modelling with stakeholders, to study, monitor, and possibly predict the dynamics of ERSs, as they spread from local through regional into global influence.

The research will draw on expertise already developed in the small, but highly experienced multidisciplinary consortium to use: 

  • computer-assisted qualitative text mining of documentary evidence;

  • guided semi-automatic semantic analysis of stakeholder narratives and other textual data; and

  • multi-level, stakeholder-centred agent-based modelling of the distributed negotiations between normative agents.

These methods will advance the state of the art for using data to inform policy decisions.

Throughout, the project will interact with a large, international group of stakeholder representatives from EU Ministries of Justice and police forces. The output will provide a set of ICT tools to facilitate strategic policies that could prevent the further penetration and extension of the global menace posed by ERSs.

Global Systems Science

FET consultation

The FET Unit has launched an online consultation to understand what the game-changing technologies of the next decades will be. The consultation targets scientists, researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and members of civil society in general.

There is a specific GSS consultation  at Feedback from the GSS community will be of the essence to ensure a possible follow-up call in 2017. Everybody is invited to contribute.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 315874.