Threats imposed by criminal networks worldwide include terrorism, corruption, institutional weakness and massive human victimization. To address these problems and protect democratic institutions, it is critical to understand the structure, complexity and interconnected nature of domestic and transnational criminal networks, by processing and interpreting data produced by the media and by judicial systems.
In the current hyper-connected society, with sophisticated technology, resilient criminal networks massively corrupt and co-opt lawful institutions, manipulating and using governments and laws to promote criminal interests. In several cases worldwide, criminals, politicians, public servants and private actors coordinate their interests and establish scenarios of massive corruption and crime.
Opportunely, Vortex Foundation has created and applied methodologies and concepts to identify and analyze criminal networks, and to understand processes of criminal infiltration, co-optation and reconfiguration of institutions in countries across the Western Hemisphere,Africa and Eastern Europe.
Now, to continue those relevant tasks in sync with other institutions and organizations, Vortex Foundation installs the Global Observatory of Transnational Criminal Networks, a transdisciplinary non-profit initiative, supported by public and private funding. Its main objective is to define the protocols to visualize, understand and disseminate information about criminal networks through disruptive methodologies and innovative storytelling, across the judicial, scientific and media communities.
Currently, organizations from seven countries have signed to be institutional partners of the Observatory: CASEDE (Mexico), Transparency International (Germany), Humanitas360 (Brazil), Small Wars Journal (United States), Fundación Internacional Baltasar Garzón (Spain), Transparencia por Colombia (National chapter of Transparency International in Colombia), and ISECA (South Africa).