Here’s the hackers’ move in the war against terrorism

Photo by Billie Grace Ward. Source: Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

And then you heard the first alarm…

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Which fired your anxiety through the roof…

You started to sense that the volcano of panic was becoming active in yourself.

Are you fucking alive?!

You are in the middle of a giant city.

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Yes, you are in the middle of the serious attack in your city.

Every single person, including authorities, has a very vague idea of what to do next.

All you can do is wait.

But you fucking hate waiting.

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The 6 Steps to Zen

A few months ago, we’ve launched a tiny startup group in Warsaw, Poland called Dreamers and Executors.

Before we show you the tool itself, we want to present the chain of reasoning that justifies the solution.

We called this list The 6 Steps To Zen and we invite others to expand it and build upon it.

  1. Authorities have information and operational advantage over attackers. CCTVs are up 24/7 and officers are too when something bad happens. In addition, there’s a ton of people tweeting whenever they can sense the danger (as Paris attacks showed).
  2. Terrorist attacks come in series; there are on average 4–5 attacks per one hit.
  3. Authorities can use (1) to estimate the chances that the next attack in the series happens at a given location.
  4. Coupling (3) with the knowledge of crisis management can help authorities divide people into threatened and safe.
  5. Threatened people from (4), segmented by location (and therefore by the danger level), are instructed to move to safe locations via smartphone notifications (in a manner that is unpredictable to the outside agents of course).
  6. Safe people from (4) are instructed to stay where they are and don’t add up to the general panic because they know for sure that they are safe at the moment.

The Tool

Therefore, we decided to simply to build a Twitter client and use the wealth of data that this service provides.

Catastrophe modelling is ​used to assess the likelihood that disasters will occur, the potential consequences if they occur, and the distribution of the absolute and relative risk in different places and at different times. It has been successfully applied to study the risks of hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and wind damage. After September 11, 2001, several firms with expertise in modeling catastrophes began modeling terrorism losses. These models are used by the insurance industry to assess the possible losses in a specific area where insurance policies may be held or from attacks on properties that may be insured.

In short, implementing the solutions of catastrophe modelling in this system can turn in into an extremely powerful tool.

The Happy End

It was 120 seconds of waiting, but it felt like an hour.

Loui Loui (flickr) — CC BY 2.0

Contribute to this project

As said above, this project was created in an informal group called Dreamers & Executors.

Join our group

If you’re based in Warsaw and want to learn, grow, and build interesting stuff with us, click here and join us.

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Onward.

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A place where young creators, thinkers, and action takers spend their free time, grow, explore, and contribute back to the world. www.dreamersandexecutors.org