moonshot, a co-founded Irish technology start-up that uses data analytics to tackle online threats, will establish a software development center in Dublin.
The company said it plans to hire 37 people over the next two years, with recruitment starting immediately.
Founded in London in 2015 by Irishman Ross Frenett and Vidhya Ramalingam, the company was originally focused on combating violent extremism and terrorism. It has since evolved to develop technologies and methodologies to reach people involved and affected by a variety of online harms – including misinformation, human trafficking, gender-based violence and child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Among the areas it has monitored are the use by Irish Republican dissident groups of online networks to recruit and spread propaganda, and the rise of the far right in Ireland.
“When I left Ireland during the Great Recession, the idea of bringing so many jobs home seemed too good to be true. But this change for our company is not based on emotion. When looking at talent and market access, Ireland was the obvious choice,” said Frenett, CEO of Moonshot.
Moonshot aims to end the harm online and provide vulnerable people with positive and supportive messages and services. The company has provided threat monitoring and analysis, digital campaigns, personalized interventions and a variety of other services in more than 55 countries and 33 languages for governments, technology companies and international organizations.
Mr. Frenett previously served as director of the Against Violent Extremism network, a global network of former extremists, defectors and survivors of violent extremism.
Ms. Ramalingam, its co-founder and co-chief executive, is internationally recognized for her role in leading global responses to extremism and terrorism. After the 2011 attacks in Norway, she was appointed to lead the European Union’s first intergovernmental initiative on far-right terrorism and extremism.