From pizzini to social media: this is how the mafia proliferates on the... Net

From the Magna Grecia Foundation the report "The mafias in the digital age" on the genesis of followers and warnings in a criminal interreal

mafia: increased awareness of social networks
After an initial phase in which the mafias use social media in an almost playful way, a greater awareness of the medium has taken over in the criminal world

Over 90 GigaBytes of TikTok videos, two and a half million Tweets, 20 comments on video YouTube and hundreds of profiles and pages Facebook e Instagram they ended up under the magnifying glass of the Magna Grecia Foundation.
In the report "The mafias in the digital age", it intended to give an answer to an increasingly evident phenomenon.
How has it changed communication of the mafias today that the virtual world has forcefully entered our real life?
Because, just as the common language has adapted, in a perfect osmosis, to the lexicon and thesocial media interactivity, the same happened in organized crime.

The report "The mafias in the digital age" of the Magna Grecia Foundation (in Italian)

mafia: the cover of the report "Mafias in the digital age" by the Magna Grecia Foundation
The cover of the report "The mafias in the digital age - representation and imagery of organized crime, from Wikipedia to social media", edited by Marcello Ravveduto and published by the Magna Grecia Foundation

Nino Foti: "An unprecedented way of 'moving' and of self-representation, intertwining the real and the virtual"

“The Firm aims to define the contours and contents of the ways in which the mafias are told today and communicate in the digital world. Anyone who deals with culture in southern Italy like us cannot fail to look at these phenomena and their interpreters who today have structured an unprecedented way of 'moving' and self-representation, interweaving real and virtual and creating an 'attractive' narrative ' made of new contents and new symbols”, explains Nino Foti, President of the Magna Grecia Foundation.

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mafia: the presentation of the report "The mafias in the digital age" to the Chamber of Deputies
The report "The mafias in the digital age" was presented on 9 May in the Montecitorio press room in Rome in the presence of Nino Foti, President of the Magna Grecia Foundation, Antonio Nicaso, scholar of mafia-type phenomena and professor of the History of Crime Organized at Queen's University in Canada, Marcello Ravveduto, professor of Public and Digital History at the University of Salerno and Modena and Reggio Emilia and responsible for the research, and Nicola Gratteri, Attorney of the Republic of Catanzaro

A launch in Montecitorio assisted by the Prosecutor of Catanzaro and by important academics

With him to present the results of the report "The mafias in the digital age", on May 9 in the Montecitorio press room, Antonio Nicaso, a scholar of mafia-type phenomena and professor of the History of Organized Crime at the Queen's university in Canada, Marcello Revveduto, professor of Public and Digital History at theUniversity of Salerno andUniversity of Modena and Reggio Emilia and head of research, and Nicola Gratteri, Public Prosecutor of Catanzaro.
To moderate the meeting Robert Inciocchi, journalist and presenter of “Fuori campo” by Sky TG24.
From trap music to neo-melodic music, from extra-luxury cars to kitsch jewels, from the "soon freedom" dedicated to those in prison, so that they can quickly see the light of day again, to the mythologizing of the great bosses of the past, from emoticons in the shape of heart or lion (to demonstrate courage and feeling) to hashtags to join the trail of viral content.
Thus the results of the report tell the new languages ​​of organized crime on social networks and social media and confirm the ability of the mafias to continuously reinvent themselves based on the needs of the present and to progress, as digital takes the stage by dropping the borders between the real and the virtual.

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mafia: bigrams and trigrams on social networks
The report "Mafias in the digital age" by the Magna Grecia Foundation: an illustration of bigrams and trigrams on social networks

Nicola Gratteri: "A very current relationship as well as a faithful mirror of today's society"

"The mafias are the mirror of our society and have evolved to keep up with the times, they change with social change", says Nicola Gratteri, Public Prosecutor of Catanzaro.
Which adds: “There is still hidden organized crime that asks for protection money but the evolved one is the one in which reality finds itself, sitting in lounges and restaurants next to executives in suits and ties. This report is extremely timely, it's up to date. If it had been done in six months it would have already been old”.

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mafia: emoji stats
The report "Mafias in the digital age" by the Magna Grecia Foundation: a graph of the emojis used

Aware of the medium: the threat on social media is often followed by the ambush on the ground

In fact, the report explains how, after an initial phase in which the mafias use social media in an almost playful way, a greater awareness of the medium also takes over in the criminal world.
Which becomes a place of sponsorship and communication with affiliates as well as with enemies.
Up to arriving, with the landing on the net of the new criminal generation, to the creation of the so-called "mafia interreal".
That is, a continuity between what happens on the net and the real world. The threat on social media thus follows the ambush on the territory.

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mafia: the use of Facebook
The report "The mafias in the digital age" of the Magna Grecia Foundation: an illustration of the use of Facebook

The platforms as new radars to intercept affiliates and enemies to support or hit

The platforms become a kind of radar to intercept affiliates and enemies to support or hit.
The lookouts who control the physical space are often the same ones who control the virtual one, spying on the profiles of friends and opponents.
A parallel truth which, with the arrival of TikTok, is broadcast live as in a "Mafia Big Brother".
Houses, families, money earned from drug dealing, direct threats to enemies, life under house arrest, interviews in prison are shown.
In short, power is displayed and flaunted.

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mafia: the use of Twitter
The report "The mafias in the digital age" of the Magna Grecia Foundation: a graph of the use of Twitter

Marcello Revveduto: “There is a real Google Generation of 'brand-mafia' influencers…”

“Social media marketing, with the intervention of the criminal Google Generation that has assumed the role of influencer of the 'mafia-brand', is the fulcrum around which the community of 'mafiophiles' amplifies and settles, replicating the relationships between the clan and the orbiting circle in the territory to which it belongs"Comments Marcello Revveduto, research manager.
“This overlap has made the mafias more transparent demonstrating that mafiosi have always needed to be recognized to be feared”.
Indeed, the analysis of pages and profiles highlights how ostentation is a fundamental aspect of the language of organized crime on social media, because it spreads the sense of power and therefore of control.
The sons of the bosses show off their wealth, post photos of cars, motorcycles and boats.
They lavish haute couture clothes, precious accessories, luxury vacation spots and recount the success of the family business.

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Mafia: Tiktok Stats
The report "The mafias in the digital age" of the Magna Grecia Foundation: a graph of the use of Tiktok

The sons of the bosses: whoever has the money commands and must be respected, as well as emulated…

As if it were a marketing strategy, they apply the only possible criterion: whoever has the money commands and must be respected. More than emulated.
An upside-down world is therefore created in which "communities of the like" are formed who believe only in their criminal truth, founding a mafia post-truth whose attitude is similar to that of fundamentalist militants.
In an eternal "us-them" opposition, belonging to or liking a clan is demonstrated by wearing clothes of the same brand, exhibiting the same accessories, listening to the same songs, using the same emojis, the same memes and the same hashtags.
A total overlap between reality and virtual, so that from the TikTok profile of one of the members of a family's circle it is even possible to reconstruct the relationship system that revolves around that profile and which reacts to the contents published, establishing a sort of digital affiliation and at the same time control of the territory.

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mafia: virtual places
The report "The mafias in the digital age" of the Magna Grecia Foundation: a graph of virtual places

Antonio Nicaso: "For those who use new technologies, there is a sort of criminal Darwinism"

“The operating mode of the mafias is increasingly hybrid, by now organized crime acts both online and offline. Social networks are used to create new narratives, to brand the reputation of the organization, but also to gain consensus and challenge enemies. A sort of criminal Darwinism is underway: those who do not adapt to new technologies and the use of digital space risk disappearing", explains Antonio Nicaso, scholar of mafia-type phenomena.
And yet: “Today it is necessary to develop new knowledge also on the front of the fight against criminal organizations. Phishing drains resources that the mafias invest in drugs, gambling and clandestine bets. Cybercrime is the new frontier of the mafias”.

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mafia: public and private figures
The report "Mafias in the digital age" by the Magna Grecia Foundation: an illustration of public and political figures

A Generation Z of clans and paranzes changes the face of illegal organizations

Generation Z of clans and paranzes is therefore changing the face of criminal organizations, showing how necessary it is to know how to manage the digital scene like real influencers in order to gain consensus and be recognizable as mafiosi within a society in which information and consumption make everyone equal.
"Only through a real awareness of this situation and an in-depth and structured knowledge of this context is it possible to construct answers that are rooted in the common culture", he adds again Nino Foti, in his capacity as President of the Magna Grecia Foundation.

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mafia: on social networks to intercept affiliates and enemies to support or hit
Social platforms have become a kind of radar in the criminal sphere in order to intercept affiliates and enemies to support or hit

It is increasingly necessary to focus on adequate training of the judicial police…

“To exist, the mafias now need publicity, to be seen. And today this need is also transferred to the Internet. So I hope that more and more focus will be placed on the training of the judicial police, so that they can keep up with the speed with which the world of organized crime reinvents itself. I have little trust in the confidential source”, concludes the magistrate Nicola Gratteri.
“I believe in certain evidence based on telephone interceptions, digital, tracing methodologies. We cannot afford to lose positions in the fight against the mafia compared to other countries that have invested in technology".
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The presentation of the report "The mafias in the digital age" to the Chamber of Deputies

mafia: the presentation of the report "The mafias in the digital age" to the Chamber of Deputies
The report "The mafias in the digital age" was presented on 9 May in the Montecitorio press room in Rome in the presence of Nino Foti, President of the Magna Grecia Foundation, Antonio Nicaso, scholar of mafia-type phenomena and professor of the History of Crime Organized at Queen's University in Canada, Marcello Ravveduto, professor of Public and Digital History at the University of Salerno and Modena and Reggio Emilia and responsible for the research, and Nicola Gratteri, Attorney of the Republic of Catanzaro