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Brookings Project Paper – The ISIS Twitter Census

The Brookings Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World – An Analysis Paper | No. 20, March 2015. The ISIS Twitter Census – Defining and describing the population of ISIS supporters on Twitter. J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan.

“The Islamic State, known as ISIS or ISIL, has exploited social media, most notoriously Twitter, to send its propaganda and messaging out to the world and to draw in people vulnerable to radicalization. By virtue of its large number of supporters and highly organized tactics, ISIS has been able to exert an outsized impact on how the world perceives it, by disseminating images of graphic violence (including the beheading of Western journalists and aid workers and more recently, the immolation of a Jordanian air force pilot), while using social media to attract new recruits and inspire lone actor attacks. Although much ink has been spilled on the topic of ISIS activity on Twitter, very basic questions remain unanswered, including such fundamental issues as how many Twitter users support ISIS, who they are, and how many of those supporters take part in its highly organized online activities…We set out to answer some of these important questions using innovative techniques to create a large, representative sample of accounts that can be clearly defined as ISIS supporters, and to attempt to define the boundaries of ISIS’s online social network…”

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Social Media Tracker, Analyzer, & Collector Toolkit at Syracuse

“STACKS is an extensible social media research toolkit designed to collect, process, and store data from online social networks. The toolkit is an ongoing project via the Syracuse University iSchool, and currently supports the Twitter Streaming API. Collecting from Facebook public pages and Twitter search API are under development. The toolkit architecture is modular andContinue Reading

IBM Watson Trend – the data science of shopping for the holidays?

“Outthink Holiday Stress.  Watson Trend helps shoppers understand what is trending and why through the cognitive power of Watson. To understand the science, read about Watson Trend – [as follows – weighted toward  purchases for Tech but includes Toys and Health]: Gift-guide experts voice opinions. Watson hears them all at once. Because IBM Watson understandsContinue Reading

What does the Internet of Things mean for Search?

WT VOX: “The smartphone revolutionised personal computing, creating a computer that most of us have within arm’s reach 24 hours a day. The Internet of Things promises to revolutionise computing again, by connecting and collecting data from everything we live in, drive in, eat in, sleep in and work in. In just a year orContinue Reading

Twiangulate powers journalism, non-profits and PR

Twiangulate: ‘Find experts and insiders. Discover which accounts are followed by key people in a scribe swarm, gossip empire, artful sphere or judicious gaggle. Understand clout. Determine which influentials and celebs follow an account using our “reach” search. Reveal a group’s favorites. Which accounts are most followed by members of a group, for example, theContinue Reading

New Internet Monitor report: “Beyond the Wall: Mapping Twitter in China”

“Internet Monitor is delighted to announce the publication of “Beyond the Wall: Mapping Twitter in China,” the seventh in a series of special reports that focus on key events and new developments in Internet freedom. The report, authored by Sonya Yan Song, Robert Faris, and John Kelly, maps and analyzes the structure and content foundContinue Reading

New on LLRX – How Can Lawyers Use Social Media to Their Advantage?

Via – How Can Lawyers Use Social Media to Their Advantage? – Lawyers are no strangers to social media, but that doesn’t mean that everyone in the legal arena is familiar with how to use it effectively, proactively and consistently. If you are a lawyer who has not yet launched a social media presence,Continue Reading

USGC leveraging Twitter to anticipate earthquakes

NextGov: “According to a Twitter blog post on Wednesday, the USGS has begun to augment its seismological data with a real-time feed of tweets. The social-network data helps fill in holes in the agency’s sensor network and check for false alarms. (The seismic network senses as many as 70 earthquakes per day, but many of themContinue Reading

Your American Dream is Not Mine! A New Approach to Estimating Intergenerational Mobility Elasticities

An, Yonghong and Le, Wang and Xiao, Ruli, Your American Dream is Not Mine! A New Approach to Estimating Intergenerational Mobility Elasticities (August 1, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “This paper provides a new framework to estimate intergenerational mobility elasticities (IGE) of children’s income with respect to parental income. Our approach is nonparametricContinue Reading

Manners 2.0: Key findings about etiquette in the digital age

“Some 92% of Americans now have a cellphone of some kind, and 90% of those cell owners say that their phone is frequently with them. This “always-on” mobile connectivity is changing the nature of public spaces and social gatherings. It is also rewriting social norms regarding what is rude and what is acceptable behavior when peopleContinue Reading

Good to hear that “Why blogging still matters”

opinion | David Weinberger |Boston Globe: “…blogging went mainstream. Most media outlets now feature less formal, more personal columns either by their official columnists or by a cadre of writers who can’t be fitted into the limited space of a print newspaper or magazine. Even so, when the media refer to “bloggers,” they often meanContinue Reading