Welcome to the C4ADS Blog!

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Varun Vira, Chief Operating Officer


We are proud to announce the formation of our new blog. This platform will allow our readers a look behind the curtain at C4ADS to get a glimpse of our processes and on topics that interest our analysts.

For those of you who are not already familiar with our work, C4ADS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing evidence-based reporting and analysis on transnational security issues. Around the world, bad actors are able to hijack licit infrastructure to accomplish their illicit aims: our mission is to make it more difficult for these bad actors and their networks to function. To do this, we use cutting-edge technologies and methodologies to analyze disparate datasets, shedding light on problems of corruption, crime, and conflict. Sound a little confusing and intense? We know what we do can be puzzling to people who don’t know us, but we hope this blog will provide a better understanding of what we do as an organization. Plus, our background provides some very interesting material that we wish to share with our readers.

What should you expect to read on this blog? Without giving too much of the suspense away, one can expect to read posts on everything from how Facebook posts can be used to deter illegal poaching of endangered animals, to follow-ups on previous C4ADS reports, to how we use different technologies to simplify our data for consumption. On this page you can expect to meet a rotating cast of North Korean proliferators, ivory and pangolin traffickers, Middle Eastern terror financiers, and other associated bad actors. And that’s just our analysts. These and many more riveting topics will be explored and posted on this blog page.

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