Battling terrorism with computers and math

Battling terrorism with computers and math

Summary: A few days ago I saw this NSF press release about Dark Web, a project by Hsinchun Chen and his Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Arizona to systematically collect and analyze information from terrorist generated Web sites. Then today as I'm driving, I heard Dr.

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A few days ago I saw this NSF press release about Dark Web, a project by Hsinchun Chen and his Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Arizona to systematically collect and analyze information from terrorist generated Web sites. Then today as I'm driving, I heard Dr. Chen on Science Friday. Bernard Brooks from RIT was the other guest. The topic: how computation and mathematics can be used to combat terrorism.

The Dark Web research uses spidering to gather data from the Web and then applies techniques like social network analysis and authorship analysis to identify groups and even link articles written by the same "anonymous" author.

Dark Web has collected 500,000 Web pages created by 94 US domestic groups, 300,000 Web pages created by 41 Arabic-speaking groups, and 100,000 Web pages created by Spanish-speaking groups. That's a lot of data. The automated analysis culls this collection to find items of interest.

Brooks is one of the organizers of a conference on the use of mathematics in counterterrorism that will take place at RIT next week. Says Brooks:

"I really think that people need to realize how important math will be in the war against terror," says Bernard Brooks, one of the conference coordinators and an assistant head of research programs in RIT's School of Mathematical Sciences. "Chemistry was the science for World War I. Physics was the science for World War II. Now, math will play a critical role in the war against terror."

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  • In the end, people have gotta wanna be good. Sure, we will still need these

    kinds of detective work for the last remaining terrorists, but, we must drastically reduce the number of terrorists in the world first. You can NOT do that by hunting them down (using math if you wish) and killing them.

    We need to work on world justice. We Americans are so worried about maintaining our unfair advantages and keeping others down that this will be extremely difficult.
    DonnieBoy
    • have to agree on what is good, too...

      One cannot have equality when one is certain that they are correct on everything...

      the rest of the world won't agree 100% with the US way of doing things, so, people can't just expect to export all the things the US has to the world, and have the package accepted.

      THAT is the main issue that the world has with the US's public image. The US seems to take the arrogant "we're better" attitude, and thus, the rest of the world turns the shoulder.
      shryko
    • w00t

      I am surprised and in agreement!
      wmlundine
  • RE: Battling terrorism with computers and math

    Good-bye and hopefully good riddance to a parasite. It's to bad they had'nt actually spent their money developing new products and services, instead of engaging in legal actions (with little merit) extorting others.

    Robert McNulty
    Vancouver
    biz4