News of the CDC

News of the CDC

  • CDC technical workshop in the European Parliament on the capabilities and limitations of technology in identifying terrorist content online

    5 March 2019

    On the morning of the Tuesday 26th February 2019, the Cyber Data Coalition organised a technical workshop in the European Parliament on the capabilities and limitations of technology in identifying terrorist content online in the context of the recent proposal on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online. The breakfast workshop was kindly hosted by Julie Ward MEP, the rapporteur for the European Parliament’s CULT opinion on the file.

    The CDC set out to discuss and consider the use of technology in identifying terrorist content online, as well as highlight the capabilities and limitations thereof. The meeting was attended by representatives from the European Commission’s Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME), the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), EUROPOL’s  EU Internet Referral Unit, as well as from the European Parliament.

    The discussions traversed an array of considerations; from the role European SMEs and their technologies have to play in combating terrorist content online, the challenges encountered in Europe when combating terrorist content, and the changing face of the digital regulatory ecosystem ahead of the upcoming European legislative period.

    It was submitted that there is huge potential for European SMEs to contribute to the fight against terrorist content online. There is an opportunity to promote innovation in the European Union by investing in local technologies which can analyse and identify harmful content. CDC members confirmed that such technologies exist among European SMEs however, in order for this technology to be effective, it must be inputted with good and relevant data. Given the current dominance of multinational social media companies, such input can be difficult to achieve. The CDC encouraged the development of data sharing undertakings which would allow them to test their technologies in order to create more effective and efficient programmes which could identify, and potentially measure the dissemination of terrorist content.

    The updating of the regulatory ecosystem in the European Union will create new challenges in terms of the liability of companies when it comes to the issue of illegal content online. The CDC noted that there are other examples of regulatory regimes which are effective in removing other types of illegal content such as with Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). There are lessons to be learned by such examples. The facilitation of the reporting from citizens is another example that has been effective in combating spam and could be used in identify terrorist content.

    We believe that the use of automated methods in fighting this type of content can be effective and can also be moulded around the framework of the eCommerce Directive and the Audio-Visual Media Directive, fully respecting the fundamental rights of users while also protecting the public from the dissemination of terrorist content and indeed other forms are harmful materials online.

    Members were encouraged to see the willingness of both officials from the Commission and Parliament in coming together with European SMEs and discuss the impact that they can have in ensuring that harmful content is identified and removed from the internet.

  • CDC invited to present at Technopolice 2019 in France

    10 February 2019

    CDC was invited to present at Technopolice 2019on the capabilities of European SMEs on the fight against digital fraud.

    Technopolice 2019 is a bi-annual conference organised by the French Ministry of Interior and focused on technico-operational approaches to combat crime and improve security. It was opened by Christophe Fichot, Comptroller General of the French National Police.

    The conference gathered 270 participants with cross-disciplinary expertise from the police, gendarmerie, judiciary, data protection experts, technology industry as well as journalists.

    CDC was represented by Fanch FRANCIS, Founder of Oak Branch, and Jean-Christophe LE TOQUIN, coordinator.

    More information on GendInfo, the official magazine of the French Gendarmerie

  • CDC partners with the 4th European Cybersecurity Forum CYBERSEC- 8-9 October 2018 in Krakow

    27 September 2018

    CDC partners with the 4th European Cybersecurity Forum – Cybersec held on 8-9 October 2018 in Krakow, Poland.

    CDC will be represented by Fanch FRANCIS, CEO and founder of Oak Branch, a company focused on Big Data Analytics, to transform data into intelligence and action, for both companies and governments.

    CYBERSEC is an annual public policy conference dedicated to the strategic challenges of cybersecurity, launched in 2015, a unique forum in CEE and one of the top five cybersecurity events in Europe.

    CYBERSEC’s mission is to build the foundations of mutual trust and translate challenges into new opportunities for a better tomorrow.

    CYBERSEC debates and discussions are held in four parallel thematic streams: State, Defence, Future and Business.

    Meet Fanch FRANCIS, CEO of Oak Branch, and Jean-Christophe LE TOQUIN, coordinator of the CDC, on 8-9 October 2018 in Krakow.

    More details :

  • Official French report on content detection technologies against copyright infringement

    20 April 2018

    The French High Council for Literary and Artistic Property (CSPLA), an independent advisory Council associated with the French Ministry of Culture, has released an English version of its report on the upcoming Article 13 of the Proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market : PDF Here

    Article 13 of the Proposed Directive creates an obligation for online platforms giving access to a large number of works protected by copyright and related rights to cooperate with the rightholders of these works, specifically by providing them with access to automatically protected content recognition tools and complaint management tools.

    The report was compiled by interviewing the largest online platforms (Google, Facebook…), rightsholders and providers of content detection technologies such as Videntifier, member of the CDC.

    The various technologies available on the market are summarized and assessed, and the price lists of different providers are provided. The High Council’s assessment is that “the cost of these [content identification] tools is still very reasonable for small platforms and is proportionate to their size” (page 22). One of its key recommendations is that “minimum required performance levels for automatic recognition tools” are defined.

    The proposed directive and this report are a step toward more proactive measures to control illegal and harmful content by online platforms, and the CDC will seek to provide its technical expertise in the preparation of this important new legislation.

  • CDC invited to speak on the European Commissions’ Subgroup on combatting racism and xenophobia

    19 March 2018

    On 12 March, the CDC was invited to speak on the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on combatting racism and xenophobia. The Expert Group comprises of EU Member States, Civil Society Organisations, and Representatives from large internet platforms. It aims to find ways to effectively tackle racism and xenophobia through thematic discussions on gaps, challenges and responses, promoting best practice exchange between key stakeholders.

    The CDC were able to give an insight into industry solutions through the use of state of the art technologies which are capable of identifying and removing illegal hate speech online. The Coalition presented in a closed meeting of the Member States and industry stakeholders, and then engaged in a wider discussion with Civil Society groups on best practices in tackling online racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance.