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Final Report of the Task Force on Combatting Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel

Via FAS – House Committee on Homeland Security, Final Report of the Task Force on Combatting Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel, October 2015.
“Today we are witnessing the largest global convergence of jihadists in history, as individuals from more than 100 countries have migrated to the conflict zone in Syria and Iraq since 2011. Some initially flew to the region to join opposition groups seeking to oust Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, but most are now joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), inspired to become a part of the group’s ‘‘caliphate’’ and to expand its repressive society. Over 25,000 foreign fighters have traveled to the battlefield to enlist with Islamist terrorist groups, including at least 4,500 Westerners. More than 250 individuals from the United States have also joined or attempted to fight with extremists in the conflict zone. These fighters pose a serious threat to the United States and its allies. Armed with combat experience and extremist connections, many of them are only a plane-flight away from our shores. Even if they do not return home to plot attacks, foreign fighters have taken the lead in recruiting a new generation of terrorists and are seeking to radicalize Westerners online to spread terror back home.”

Stakeholders in Reform of Global System for Mutual Legal Assistance

Swire, Peter and Hemmings, Justin, Stakeholders in Reform of the Global System for Mutual Legal Assistance (November 8, 2015). Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Research Paper No. 32. Available for download at SSRN: “This essay contributes to the Privacy Project’s volume on Systematic Government Access to Private Sector Data, and also is partContinue Reading

Smartphone, computer or tablet? 36% of Americans own all three

“A new Pew Research Center analysis finds that 66% of Americans own at least two digital devices – smartphone, desktop or laptop computer, or tablet – and 36% own all three. Fueled in part by the rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets, the share of American adults who own a smartphone, computer and a tabletContinue Reading

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, toContinue Reading

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 Tracks Content Takedowns by Social Media Sites

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Visualizing Impact launched today, a new platform to document the who, what, and why of content takedowns on social media sites. The project, made possible by a 2014 Knight News Challenge award, will address how social media sites moderate user-generated content and how free expression is affected acrossContinue 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

Technology Device Ownership: 2015

Pew – “Today, 68% of U.S. adults have a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011, and tablet computer ownership has edged up to 45% among adults, according to newly released survey data from the Pew Research Center. Smartphone ownership is nearing the saturation point with some groups: 86% of those ages 18-29 have a smartphone,Continue Reading

Exposing the Hidden Web: An Analysis of Third-Party HTTP Requests on One Million Websites

Exposing the Hidden Web: An Analysis of Third-Party – HTTP Requests on One Million Websites. International Journal of Communication, October 2015. Timothy Libert. “This article provides a quantitative analysis of privacy compromising mechanisms on one million popular websites. Findings indicate that nearly nine in ten websites leak user data to parties of which the userContinue 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