ITSTIME – Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues & Managing Emergencies, is a research center of Department of Sociology of the Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan. Our multidisciplinary approach allows us to develop and conduct research focused on security issues from different perspectives. ITSTIME addresses both theoretically and empirically the new challenges in the new hybrid war domain. Studies, prevention activities and detailed analyses of security threats, the group addresses different issues from a new perspective in order to manage crisis situations in a proactive way. We are mainly focused on:
- Security, intended as a condition that results from the establishment and maintenance of protective measures able to promote citizens’ wellness and democratic vitality of the institutions
- Terrorism, as a long term threat that must be addressed through preventive and well-constructed measures
- Emergencies management in order to develop helpful practices both for citizens and institutions.
ITSTIME runs Research and Consulting activities aimed at creating and spreading awareness about security issues and providing possible solutions to mitigate risks.
ITSTIME analyses on terrorism
“THINK TERRORIST”. Based on the Weber emphatic sociology, the group motto stand at the base of its analytical approach when dealing with daily collected primary sources that are processed according two main driver: their communication value and the networks that stand behind.
“Terrorism is communication”. The main difference between a terrorist and a criminal is that the latter seeks a symbolic acknowledgement of his action. This means that he is aware of the media system where he proposes himself as the main character. Since terrorism is a “communication phenomenon” as terrorists seek out and manage communication, it is therefore imperative to analyse its communication through media research tools.
“Terrorism Networks”. Both online and offline terrorism takes its nourishment from networks. They are essential for its permanence and for the reiteration of the threat. The identification of them allows to connects dots highlighting relationship between different actions and actors and thus giving the possibility to draw accurate risk scenarios.