An Interview with the Founders: Fighting Terror with Tech

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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.

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Alice Ma
LA Times — After Their Friend is Killed in Nice Attack, Berkeley Students Create Class to Tackle Terrorism

Check out our feature in the LA Times here.

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.

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Alice Ma
By Midterm, Students Pitch Solutions to Transnational Security

Find out more about our products and midterm pitch here.

"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.

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Alice Ma