SXSW 2023

Understanding & Preventing Mass Violence in the US


From school shootings to deadly protests, mass violence in the United States has permeated our daily lives. This panel discussion with world-renowned experts Fred Burton, Dr. Ron Schouten and Dorian Van Horn will outline the current threat landscape and how to prevent violence with “behavioral threat assessment” - an objective, fact-finding process used to determine if a person, group or situation poses a risk of violence to an identified or identifiable target. This session will also go inside the mind of a mass shooter: we’ll discuss how to recognize pre-incident indicators and the “pathway to violence” of a threat actor and the importance of protective intelligence technology. This all tells us one thing: most mass violence can be prevented, we just need to know what to look for.

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  1. Understand the current landscape of threats in the United States and the history of threat assessment and protective intelligence
  2. Learn about the behavioral threat assessment process and protective intelligence technology and how they both help to prevent violence
  3. Understand the “pathway to violence” in threat actors and the mind of a mass shooter


  • Fred Burton, Executive Director, Center for Protective Intelligence, Ontic
  • Dorian Van Horn, Director, Investigative Operations, Ontic
  • Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


Kat Brooks, Corporate Communications Manager, Ontic

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Tech Industry
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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