Understanding the nexus of terrorist web sites

Jennifer Xu, Hsinchun Chen

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Abstract

In recent years terrorist groups have been using the World-Wide Web to spread their ideologies, disseminate propaganda, and recruit members. Studying the terrorist Web sites may help us understand the characteristics of these Web sites and predict terrorist activities. In this chapter, we propose to apply network topological analysis methods on systematically collected the terrorist Web site data and to study the structural characteristics at the Web page level. We conducted a case study using the methods on three collections of terrorist Web sites: Middle-Eastern, US domestic, and Latin-American. We found that the Web page networks from these three collections have the small-world and scale-free characteristics. We also found that smaller size Web sites which share similar interests tend to make stronger inter-site linkages, which help them form the giant component in the networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStudies in Computational Intelligence
Pages65-78
Number of pages14
Volume135
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

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NameStudies in Computational Intelligence
Volume135
ISSN (Print)1860949X

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Xu, J., & Chen, H. (2008). Understanding the nexus of terrorist web sites. In Studies in Computational Intelligence (Vol. 135, pp. 65-78). (Studies in Computational Intelligence; Vol. 135). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-69209-6_4

Understanding the nexus of terrorist web sites. / Xu, Jennifer; Chen, Hsinchun.

Studies in Computational Intelligence. Vol. 135 2008. p. 65-78 (Studies in Computational Intelligence; Vol. 135).

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Xu, J & Chen, H 2008, Understanding the nexus of terrorist web sites. in Studies in Computational Intelligence. vol. 135, Studies in Computational Intelligence, vol. 135, pp. 65-78. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-69209-6_4
Xu J, Chen H. Understanding the nexus of terrorist web sites. In Studies in Computational Intelligence. Vol. 135. 2008. p. 65-78. (Studies in Computational Intelligence). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-69209-6_4
Xu, Jennifer ; Chen, Hsinchun. / Understanding the nexus of terrorist web sites. Studies in Computational Intelligence. Vol. 135 2008. pp. 65-78 (Studies in Computational Intelligence).
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