I’m all for using any new method that will catch these jackals, as long as its not used against the average citizen for their political perspectives.
Can an algorithm predict terror attacks? Scientists create new method of mining social media to anticipate Isis’ next move
Scientists at the University of Miami have used equations used in physics and chemistry to track the constantly shifting behaviour of supporters of Isis (Isis flag pictured). They found there were patterns in the way interacting groups behaved prior to attacks in the real world
- Experts sifted through a year of posts on Russian social network Vkontakte
- They found clear patterns emerged among groups who supported Isis
- Algorithm was able to follow these groups even if they switched accounts
- It could be used to predict attacks, even by those acting as a lone wolf
A computer algorithm that can identify patterns in the social media activity of Islamic State supporters could provide clues about where terrorist attacks are likely to occur.
Scientists have found they can spot distinct behavioural patterns in the interactions between groups on social media, and it could even help them predict ‘lone wolf’ attacks’.
Social media has been a key tool for organisations like Isis to help them recruit supporters and coordinate their activities.