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Can a Social-Media Algorithm Predict a Terror Attack?

By Catherine Caruso

Researchers unpacked how terrorists use social media, then built an algorithm that could help us predict future events. Monitoring social media seems like an obvious way of predicting events such as a protest or a terrorist attack, but it has so far proved challenging. For example, Brazil was largely unprepared for mass protests in 2013 even though they were organized on social media.

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