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Using algorithms to predict terrorists’ attacks


New research is being used to try to determine, via  an algorithm, the links between “chatter” in  extremist groups’ online places and  their  “real world” terror attacks.

The Washington Post reports:

“The study, published last week by the journal Science, identifies hardcore pro-Islamic State groups on social media by searching for key words, such as mentions of beheadings, and zeroing in on specific community pages and groups. These groups trade operational information, such as which drone is being used in an attack or how to avoid detection, as well as fundraising posts and extremist ideology.”

To read The Post’s article, please hit this link.