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La Jornada: they develop software to facilitate the location of victims of the dirty war

develop software to facilitate the location of victims of war dirty

jessica zantomilla

Newspaper La Jornada
Sunday 15 January 2023, p. 4

Develops an artificial intelligence program called National Search Commission (CNB) angel prayer To identify patterns and clues that help trace missing persons on calls war dirty,

The system already stores thousands of documents from that period and, although the information continues to be fed in and progress is being made in processing it, it has established the Commission’s mandate to promote access to truth, historical clarification and justice. made his first contribution to the work of for serious human rights violations committed between 1965 and 1990, in particular the inspections carried out at Military Camp No. 1 in September 2022, symbol of the forced disappearance of that time,

in interview with conferenceJavier Yanklevich, CNB’s director of search operations, who heads the multidisciplinary team that developed the program—including computer scientists and biomedical doctors—said that angel prayer arises from the amount of information available about this period, unmanageable without the help of computer systemsSince there are documents from criminals, such as civil servants of the now defunct Federal Security Directorate and the Army, evidence, academic studies, the press of the time, many others.

Furthermore, he said, it arose because there is a close connection between the cases of the victims, To the extent that they are of the same profile, same time period, same criminal,

So, he said, We started thinking about a computing tool that would allow us to handle large amounts of information and find relationships between,

He reported that the first pre-programmed version of the system was built in 2020 angel prayerBy early 2021 it began to be used as an information organization tool and is currently used by over 40 analysts.

The historian explained that the system has an interface for uploading documents, another for processing them and yet another that allows you to consult the database. In the latter, he explained, information is organized as a network, as the system makes it possible to relate people, places, events, and organizations.

It planned to visit Military Camp No. 1

In connection with its application in the work of the Access to Truth Commission, Yankelevich highlighted angel prayer It was used in planning the entrance to Military Camp No. 1. This was part of the sources that were used to identify the victims involved in the inspection, 30 in total.

As for the future of the system, Victor Meirelles, head of programming, elaborated that progress is being made so that the technology can do what is called automatic tracking, that is, it proposes relationships between information that is currently available. are not. Yanklevich, for example, recounts cases with testimonies that state that when they were detained at a certain location, they heard the screams of other people, whose names they do not know, because the program may suggest relationships. Is.

He stressed that Mexico had previously had no such system, and that countries such as Chile have shown interest in it, in this case to search for those who disappeared during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (from 1973 to 1990).

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