Far Right and Islamist groups seeking to recruit people to their particular political cause promote ‘black and white’ ideologies that lead to polarization, hatred, intolerance and violence. Often cherry-picking from religious doctrines, they rely on superficial understanding and interpretation of such doctrines. The activities of such groups can lead to disruption of social cohesion, diminished civic capacity, social tensions, hate speech, intolerance, discrimination and even violence. This project builds on existing knowledge and policy experience with a view of developing better analytical and policy tools for the design of more efficient resilience policies that counteract polarization and prevent violent extremism. The project starts with a critical reading of existing scholarly literature and with a critical mapping of existing policy approaches to develop a preliminary impact assessment of these approaches. It continues with a further survey of good practices in counteracting polarization and violent extremism and builds an integrated database of such practices. The project develops a Resilience Hub that engages with three types of factors that can promote or mitigate polarization and violent extremism in society: notably historical and cultural factors; socio-economic conditions; the role of the social media and networking. We develop stakeholder workshops in relation to these three sets of factors that affect radicalization in society, and follow up with digital forums with the participation of a large number of stakeholders. Each stakeholder dialogue builds a tool of resilience in their field: notably inter-faith education training for secondary school teachers; a proposal for a basic income policy that mitigates socio-economic inequalities; a guide to responsible social media design. The Resilience Hub further develops a Resilience Fair where arts-based community interventions to stop polarization and build resilience will be presented
The DOMINO-E project, proposed by a consortium of European organisations, including scientific institutes and SMEs and led by Airbus Defence and Space, aims at solving the key challenge of availability and reactivity of earth observations from space, by enabling multi-mission accessibility on a scalable and automated way. The implementation of a multi-mission/multi-sensor federation layer allows the end-user to address a variety of acquisition assets using scheduling and optimization algorithms. The orchestration between the users’ patrimonial missions and the third party missions is based on reactivity, persistence, precision and costs criteria, while user experience is improved thanks to cognitive assistants. The challenge is to overcome the current technological, architectural and economical roadblocks of existing mission ground segments: mono-mission architectures, un-harmonized interfaces between different ground segments, inexistent or crude multi-mission collaborative coverage and dispatch services. DOMINO-E consists of designing, analysing and modelling the multi-mission federation layer based on users’ requirements and is supported by demonstrations of added value services. A market analysis is performed to assess the commercial perspectives of multi-mission federation approach in terms of client acceptance in sharing assets, industry’s make or buy strategy and SME capability to build catalogues of multi-mission services. This innovative federation layer supports the change of space industry paradigm from instrumental push to end-client vertical needs pull and allows the EU space industry to embrace the emerging data driven space market. In such, DOMINO-E contributes to European non-dependence for the development of Earth-observation technologies and foster European competitiveness by supporting SMEs in developing multi-mission services agnostic to the end-to-end or ground segment systems integrators.