Crime & Investigation

New Russian Software to Hunt for ISIL’s Online Recruiters

By: David Oduut 

A number of children remanded at Mbale Remand home have failed to get court hearing sessions due to under staffing at the facility.

The Remand home serves as a detention center for juvenile delinquents (children between the ages of 12 and 18 years) in the East and North Eastern Uganda.

“We are forced to fore go some court sessions because we have limited staff to represent these children in their case hearings, capsule ” Irene Nsangi, purchase the Probation and Welfare officer at the ministry of Gender, Labor and Social development said.

Nsangi said the institution currently has only three social workers serving a total of 40 children.

She further said most children detained at the institution have complicated cases like murder, aggravated defilement, rape among others which need enough staff to carry out counseling and also extract relevant information to use while representing them in court.

“For instance, sometimes we have three co-current courts to attend and each juvenile has to be represented by a social worker. We still have to come back to counsel and rehabilitate them so it becomes hectic for three workers,” Nsangi explained.

The 2010 review of Ugandan Remand Homes and the National Rehabilitation Center demands that all children who are undergoing trial should have a social welfare report prepared by probation and social welfare officers.


The social welfare report is meant to be taken into account by the court before making the order/sentence.

However, according to Nsangi, because of limited staff , a majority of case reports risk not being written hence the delay in solving the children’s cases.

The institution also faces a challenge of support staff as a result, children have been deployed to do heavy work like splitting firewood and cooking for themselves.

The other staff available at the institution are four security personnel, one driver and a cook.

A 13 year old boy who was chocking in smoke while helping three other colleagues in the kitchen work told Chimpreports that much as they have enough food, their cook  gets overwhelmed which forces the children to prepare their own meals.

Mary Tembuli, a social worker at Mbale Children's Remand Home chatting with one of the Juveniles.
Mary Tembuli, a social worker at Mbale Children’s Remand Home chatting with one of the Juveniles.

Mary Tembuli a social worker at the institution also said sometimes police sends them suspects who are over the age of 18 years who in turn become a menace.

However, the Elgon regional spokesperson Diana Nandaula refuted the claim saying police takes a lot of care while forwarding ‘children in conflict with the law’ to court.

“We have always asked for birth certificates, baptism cards and even tests to help ascertain the real age of these children.” Nandaula said.

The police Spokesperson had earlier on noted that that the number of children involved in crime is on the rise in the Elgon region as most parents have distanced themselves from closely monitoring them.
By Sputniknews

Russian researchers are working on new computer software that will trawl social networks for Islamic State recruiters.

This will be through reconstructing the profile of a potential ISIL recruiter.

The profile will then be incorporated into a computer program that will trawl social networks, patient such as Facebook, Twitter and VKontakte, for real ISIL recruiters.

The researchers have already turned for help to religious scholars and experts in Arab studies, Yevgeny Venediktov, head of the Center for Research in Legitimacy and Political Protest told “Izvestia” newspapaper. They, together with IT-specialists, will help to research suspicious pages in social networks and identify their IP-addresses.

All the intelligence will be fed into the “Laplace’s Demon” computer program, which has been already monitoring social networks for extremist groups since this spring to prevent calls for mass unrest.

The name of the software was taken from a mathematical thought experiment proposed by French scholar Pierre-Simon Laplace in the 19th century, featuring a “demon” who knows the location and momentum of every atom in the universe.

From 2016, the program will begin hunting for social network accounts belonging to potential ISIL recruiters.

The specialists of the Center will then send the account owners a message in Arabic and then linguistically examine the answer.

The user will then be advised to follow a link, which, in turn, will provide the IT-specialists with his IP-address, operating system and browser details.

“With this data, specially trained staff, such as hackers, for example, can get full access to their computers,” the newspaper quotes Venediktov as saying.

Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a demonstration against Israeli military operations in Gaza, in downtown Srinagar on July 18, 2014

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The researchers will be looking for certain tell-tale signs of recruiters, such as misinterpreted quotations of the Koran, which can be identified by religious scholars, as well as a general linguistic analysis undertaken by experts in Arab studies.

However, other experts suggest that the researchers should focus not on reconstructing a portrait of a recruiter but rather of a potential victim, which can then be used to help to prevent victims being signed up to the terrorist group.

“We should understand why a person is open to recruitment,” the newspaper quotes Alexei Filatov, Vice President of the International Association of Veterans of the Antiterrorism Alfa Group as saying,

He added that the researches should turn to psychologists and law enforcers for help to prevent ISIL recruiting, as the enlisters constantly monitor potential victims and could easily change their ways of recruitment.

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