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COP26: Using human and AI to monitor activists actions – A case study

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) is scheduled to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, between 31 October and 12 November 2021. The conference will be the occasion to discuss climate change challenges and the strategy that countries are willing to put in place to reach the ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets. No matter what conclusions the conference will reach, climate activists have already started to put pressure on the worlds’ leaders with a series of coordinated actions.

 

Heavy security measures and road closures have been put in place in Glasgow to ensure security, ahead of several climate actions, most of them peaceful, that will be taken place over the next weeks. Nevertheless, activists will not only carry out their actions in Glasgow but they will also target other sensitive targets all across the UK.

 

For instance, on October 28 about 15 activists from Extinction Rebellion (XR) staged a protest blocking the entrance to ExxonMobil’s oil refinery in Fawley, Hampshire, United Kingdom. Some activists chained themselves to a pink boat at the site’s entrance, while others scaled two 15m oil tanks on the site. Extinction Rebellion is calling on the government to ban all fossil fuels investments and to halt the expansion plans at Fawley refinery, the largest in the UK.

 

To monitor the activities of activists groups, at Hozint we use a combination of human and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Our AI technology scans thousands of information from media and social media and selects relevant ones based on the training it has received from our analysts.

 

Raw information before the AI processing

 

Once a piece of relevant information is identified, the AI will extract important information from the text such as the date and time, the location(s) and the actors involved.

 

Raw information after the AI processing

 

The AI will use this information to generate an alert that will be verified by our team of analysts to ensure the accuracy of the information and the credibility of the source.

 

AI-generate alert

 

This process allows our clients to receive quick raw notifications in real-time, and after a few minutes, they also receive a consolidated version that is verified by an analyst. If you want to learn more about our threat monitoring service, book a demo with us via the calendar below!

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