ROXXANE is a new technology funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 project to track hate speech, propoganda, political extremism and organised crime. ROXANNE works across social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook as well as normal telecommunications platforms to identify, categorise, and track faces and voices enabling authorities to cover a more intensified picture of the network being investigated. However, there are concerns that the technology maybe used to supress free speech and track political behavior.
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ROXXANE is a new multiplatform analytical tool scheduled by the Republic of Ireland to instill further close watch on the population.
It is in the launch pad for another societal governance surveillance technology to create visual mapping and identity suspects for the authorities.
Whatever the platform maybe, ROXXANE claims that it can identify the creator of ‘hate or propaganda speech’. Although current primary function of this system is to target rebellious republican and drug cartels.
Ireland soon plans to roll out more arduous hate speech legislation before ROXXANE will likely be operational.
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An additional application of ROXANNE which its creators advertise freely is the ability to monitor those guilty of alleged hate speech and political extremism. It is a biometrics based platform presumably to monitor and crack down on organized crime.
ROXXANE is the acronym for Real time netwOrk, teXt, and speaker ANalytics for combating orgaNized crime. It is currently being developed in Switzerland with the involvement of the Republic announced in November last year.
ROXANNE works across social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook as well as normal telecommunications platforms to identify, categorise, and track faces and voices enabling authorities to cover a more intensified picture of the network being investigated. It can be in relation to criminal activity or those deemed politically extreme.
It ia a product of the European Union funded Horizon 2020 to foster new surveillance technology to portray new data to identify suspects based on speech patterns, facial features and geo location.
ROXXANE is a collaboration between Europe and Israel policing agencies together with some private agencies which is being developed at the Swiss Idiap Research Institute with a fund of €7 million. Both An Garda Síochána and the PSNI have contributed €100,000 and €128,000 respectively.
ROXXANE has already completed its first field test in the month of September last year with a sample case study by Czech Police in relevance to a narcotic network done on tracing phone calls and identifying voice recognition which was quite satisfactory providing pin pointed details of the group in question up to the core investigative details.
There are other similar technologies which garner controversy used for investigation purpose such as PREVISION and CONNEXION working with the same objective of integrating various data from social media, CCTV etc.
However, there are concerns that the technology maybe used to supress free speech and track political behavior.
Monitoring of far right groups has already been commenced as confirmed by the officers from the Special Detective Unit (SDU) with state forces within the 6 counties.