Radicalisation has become a phenomenon of growing concern across Europe and beyond. In its most extreme form, advanced symptoms and characteristics of Radicalisation can lead to individuals deciding to carry out acts of terrorism. Acts of terrorism have no consideration for administrative boundaries and the threat of terrorism has no jurisdiction. Recent terror attacks have shed light on Europe’s vulnerability and the fact that every member state is potentially susceptible to violent extremism.
The PERICLES projects aim is to assess the myriad of pathways that make up the radicalisation process combined with the key stakeholders that engage in that process. In response the project endeavours to deliver a suite of tools that will not only enable public authorities, bodies and actors to combat the phenomenon in its various forms but also provide further resources to those affected by radicalisation, so that they can better understand it and its evolution. The project also aims to create an awareness of the resources available to support affected or concerned persons.
Pericles is a 3-year European Horizon 2020 funded project.
The overall aim of the proposed project is to develop a comprehensive approach to prevent and counter violent radicalisation and extremism. The PERICLES (Policy recommendation and improved communication tools for law enforcement and security agencies preventing violent radicalisation) project is especially dedicated to transitional processes of radicalisation. To meet its aims, PERICLES considers various forms of radicalisation and religious ideologies, and in response provides a suite of tools useful to stakeholders and practitioners engaged in this area, as well as, families that may be affected or have been affected by a radicalising individual.
It is an endeavour of the project to identify opportunities for enhanced cooperation between relevant authorities who have due regard for violent radicalisation and support de-radicalisation processes. The tool creation processes have led to outputs that seek to enhance stakeholder relationships and puts emphasis on improved collaboration across many disciplines not limited to law enforcement, academia, policy and research, pedagogy and social services.
The Enhanced Platform is a public facing web-based tool that, in addition, hosts or provides a guided access point to all the other PERICLES project tools. It achieves this through an intuitive interface for easy navigation of the tools and their related functions. The EP was built using PHP, HTML5, CSS3 and Bootstrap 4 to ensure optimal responsiveness and styling of the platform. It makes use of a database necessary for the complex computation of the Decision Support function (detailed in section 3.1.3 Search Function or Decision Support) and related information that is relayed to the platform. PHP allowed for the loading and processing of dynamic content with help of databases.
The platform provides additional further resources and helpful guides, assisting the end user with finding the relevant information they are looking for or simply facilitating a general introduction into radicalisation and the various sources of support available across Europe and beyond.
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