An Interview with the Founders: Fighting Terror with Tech
Students at 2016 Nice rampage now fight global terrorism
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A group of UC Berkeley students are using their tech skills to fight terrorism. They created Archer, an online platform that offers tools to track connections between terror organizations and sanctions violations. The inspiration behind their nonprofit is personal for these students: in 2016, two of their classmates died in terrorist attacks in France and in Bangladesh. Today, nearly two dozen UC Berkeley students volunteer their time and skills at Archer, using data to fight human rights abuses, corruption and money laundering.
NPR — UC Berkeley Students Create Class to Combat Terrorism
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“Global security and human rights. Human security. We wanted to work on daunting problems,” adds Banerjee, now 20 and a history major. “We didn’t care that it was going to be difficult.”
LA Times — After Their Friend is Killed in Nice Attack, Berkeley Students Create Class to Tackle Terrorism
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"We felt just like our hands were tied and we didn't have any agency in the situation. There was just nowhere we could go for help. It was scary to see what happens to a city and how everything shuts down after an attack like that."
The Daily Cal - Students Create Class on Counter-Terrorism after Nice Attack
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The academic endeavor materialized in the format of an Innovation Collider course, a special project run through the campus’ Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. With the help of experts working in the field, the students sought ways to track the illicit flow of bitcoin, make it easier to track flight data and try to unravel complicated webs of related charities that could have links to terrorism.
By Midterm, Students Pitch Solutions to Transnational Security
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“'At UC Berkeley, there is a heavy presence of opportunities for engineers to join the private sector,' Banerjee said. 'We want to encourage engineers and people with backgrounds in technology (so) that they can also work for social enterprise — something they might not have considered before.'"
Where We Started: Data Science And Transnational Security Collider Class at UC Berkeley
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"For the past month students have been developing solutions to transnational security. They have been looking for ways to leverage the latest in data science tools and technologies to increase the productivity of experts and analysts trying to stay one step ahead of criminals who use social media, mobile banking, cryptocurrencies, shell companies, and shadow NGOs to raise and move funds around the globe. Each team is working on a unique solution, which will provide NGOs working in counter-terrorism with tools and methods that enhance their ability to an aggregate and analyze data.
Housed in the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology in the College of Engineering and run as Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) 190C, the Data Science and Transnational Security Collider of Spring 2017 was proposed, driven, and executed by students. The class tackled illicit finance of terrorism.