University of Limerick researchers help Brazilian police combat distribution of child…

first_imgIs Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? A GROUP of researchers at the University of Limerick have teamed up with federal police in Brazil to combat the distribution of child pornography on the dark web.The research, recently published in the Nature’s Scientific Reports journal, details the results of applying network analysis to assess the effectiveness of Operation Darknet – a Brazilian Federal Police crackdown on one of largest paedophile online forums hidden by the Tor browser.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The police operation, carried out between 2014 and 2016, led to the arrest and identification of 182 users – 170 of which were distributors – and the rescue of six children. 766 of the more than 10,000 users were sharing content.The team of researchers from the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) and the Centre for Social Issues Research, both based at UL, subsequently investigated how effective the operation was in disrupting the distribution of the content.The research team, which included a federal police officer from Brazil, used the analysis to suggest the best ways to target individuals to maximise the effect of this disruption.“Network analysis has previously been applied to drug trafficking networks and terrorist networks to identify structural weaknesses and key figures in these illicit networks,” explained Dr Pádraig Mac Carron, a postdoctoral researcher who worked with Dr Bruno da Cunha, Kleber A. Oliveira and Professor James Gleeson on the research.“Initially the police investigation was highly effective, quickly arresting those responsible for more than half the content provided. However, subsequent targets were less optimally selected. This analysis should lead to more efficient police interventions,” he added.The team believe the collaboration to be a first between Brazilian law enforcement and Irish mathematicians. Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro, mentioned the UL research in a recent interview, outlining that “one should invest in intelligence methods to enrich police work” and that “the publication is an index of the quality of the scientific know-how of the Brazilian Federal Police”.The research was partly funded by Science Foundation Ireland and by the European Research Tom [email protected] Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 WhatsApp Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleLimerick entrepreneurs encouraged to plan for short and long-term successNext articleDouble for Billy Lee and all this weeks Racing News Staff Reporter Email TAGSBrazilCrimeeducationLimerick City and CountyResearchUniversity of Limerick Twitter Facebook TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! NewsCrime & CourtEducationUniversity of Limerick researchers help Brazilian police combat distribution of child pornographyBy Staff Reporter – February 17, 2020 458 Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past yearlast_img read more

Good prospects for UK recruitment recovery

first_img Previous Article Next Article BryanFinn, founding partner of the Business Economics consultancy, outlines whyrecruitment markets are showing consistent signs of recoveryRecruitmentmarkets in 2004 have experienced a much better start to the year than at anytime since 2000. Thistime last year, there was global uncertainty surrounding the build up to thewar in Iraq and in 2002, the world economy was still dealing with the aftermathof September 11 the year before. Prior to that, in 2001, the US economy wasshowing signs of great vulnerability amid well-founded fears of a globalslowdown.Buta spirit of optimism prevails for 2004, with almost all observers expectinggrowth in the recruitment markets to return following three years of decline.Thekey driver of the recruitment markets is economic growth. TheUK economy grew by 2.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2003, just above thelong-term average growth rate of 2.3 per cent. Whenever the economy grows aboveits long-term growth rate, recruitment markets tend to grow as well; if itfalls below this rate, then recruitment markets will follow suit.Ofcourse, the recovery of the UK economy is not certain. Much will depend on whathappens to the global economy. And while most regions are experiencing a strongrevival, continental Europe is still suffering from low growth. TheUK recovery will also be influenced by domestic policy considerations, as UKauthorities are pursuing a much tighter monetary policy than the US or Europe. Asa consequence of this policy, the UK now has, and will continue to have, muchhigher interest rates than the US and the rest of Europe throughout 2004. Thisshould mean lower inflation in the longer term, but will also mean a strongerpound and a weaker manufacturing sector than would have otherwise been thecase.Akey indicator to watch in the coming months will be research into businessconfidence. Companies have displayed a marked lack of willingness to investover the past few years, and the recovery will not take hold unless companiesbegin to invest again in the future. There are signs that confidence isreturning to the business sector, but more is needed before we can be certainthat 2004 will mark a turning point in the recruitment markets.Onbalance, however, the prospects for a strong recovery in 2004 look good. Muchmore problematic is the outlook for 2005 and beyond. Thereare two major risks to the recovery after 2004. Thefirst is the implosion of the US economy, which would cause a major downturn inthe global economy.TheUS budget deficit is expected to reach a record $500bn in 2004. In subsequentyears, spending on social security and healthcare will absorb a growingproportion of GDP, from around 8 per cent of GDP in 2004, to more than 14 percent in 2030. The fear is that the Federal Reserve Bank in the US has keptinterest rates too low for too long in its desire to see the firm recovery ofthe US economy. The likelihood is that it will soon have to put interest ratesup, although rising rates in an election year could prove politicallyembarrassing.Thesecond key risk for the UK economy in the longer-term, is that of the hole inpublic finances growing so much that the chancellor has to cut public spending,reversing the current public spending plans. Thiswould have a big impact on public sector recruitment markets.Butthe risks to the recovery in recruitment markets are generally modest and faroff. We expect recruitment markets to grow by between 5-10% in 2004, with theprospect of further growth in 2005. Thisarticle originally appeared in Recruitment Trends & Forecasts, subscriptionenquiries 020 8652 8803 Good prospects for UK recruitment recoveryOn 13 May 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

‘Hollow’ promise to protect teachers over gay marriage

first_imgChristian Institute July 1 2013Promises to protect teachers who believe in traditional marriage are “hollow”,  former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe has said.Miss Widdecombe also said the Government wants to “gag” anyone who disagrees with David Cameron.She highlighted the case of a school teacher who is already under investigation for opposing gay marriage before it’s even been legalised.PromoteThe former minister said the Government’s assurance that no teacher would be required to promote views that go against their beliefs is an “excellent principle.”But she said: “Unfortunately it is also a hollow promise.“Even before the Bill is law members of the teaching profession are being penalised for refusal to sign up to the new state orthodoxy.Investigation“A teacher from South London is now under investigation because she refused to teach children that disagreeing with gay marriage is automatically homophobic.“So not only is she not allowed freedom of conscience but she is expected to teach children that nobody else is.”Lord Dear read a letter from the South London teacher in the House of Lords during committee stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill last week. read more

FIFA rules blocked Barca signing La Liga record breaker

first_imgRomero became the youngest ever player to play in La Liga on Wednesday when he replaced midfielder Iddrisu Baba for the closing stages for the visitors in a two-goal defeat at Real Madrid.It is said by Marca that the Catalan club had offered terms to the youngster and his family but because they were not residents of the city, no deal was allowed.Four years later, Romero signed for local Mallorcan team Montuïri before making the move to Mallorca, where he scored a notable 230 goals across 108 appearances in the youth teams.The 15-year-old – born 18 November 2004 – had been included in Vicente Moreno side’s squad to take on Villarreal earlier this month but ultimately made his debut against Madrid on Wednesday, aged 15 years and 219 days.For context, the teenager was born nine months after Madrid captain Sergio Ramos first appeared in La Liga – for Sevilla in February 2004.Born in the Mexican city of Durango, he holds three nationalities – Mexican, Argentinean – whom he has represented up to Under-17 category at youth level – and Spanish, as highlighted by Marca.El Mundo and Diario AS outlined how his style of play has many similarities to that of Barcelona star Lionel Messi and how there is a great deal of excitement surrounding his future. Barcelona had agreed to sign Mallorca’s Luka Romero as a seven-year-old but FIFA regulations at the time blocked any move.Advertisement Read Also: Gerrard reacts to Liverpool’s first ever Premier League silverwareRomero arrived in Spain aged three when he first lived in Villanueva de Córdoba and he now is a resident of Mallorca, with the club paying his wage – said to be €1k per month – and all his rents and utility bills.He signed for the club as a 10-year-old in 2015 and began training with Mallorca’s first-team squad this month.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more