Scientists Use the „Dark Web“ to Snag Extremists and Terrorists Online

The Dark Web project team catalogues and studies places online where terrorists operate.
Terrorists and extremists have set up shop on the Internet, using it to recruit new members, spread propaganda and plan attacks across the world. The size and scope of these dark corners of the Web are vast and disturbing. But in a non-descript building in Tucson, a team of computational scientists are using the cutting-edge technology and novel new approaches to track their moves online, providing an invaluable tool in the global war on terror.
Funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies, Hsinchun Chen and his Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Arizona have created the Dark Web project, which aims to systematically collect and analyze all terrorist-generated content on the Web.
This is no small undertaking. The speed, ubiquity, and potential anonymity of Internet media–email, web sites, and Internet forums–make them ideal communication channels for militant groups and terrorist organizations. As a result, terrorists groups and their followers have created a vast presence on the Internet. A recent report estimates that there are more than 5,000 Web sites created and maintained by known international terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda, the Iraqi insurgencies, and many home-grown terrorist cells in Europe. Many of these sites are produced in multiple languages and can be hidden within innocuous-looking Web sites.
Because of its vital role in coordinating terror activities, analyzing Web content has become increasingly important to the intelligence agencies and research communities that monitor these groups, yet the sheer amount of material to be analyzed is so great that it can quickly overwhelm traditional methods of monitoring and surveillance.
This is where the Dark Web project comes in. Using advanced techniques such as Web spidering, link analysis, content analysis, authorship analysis, sentiment analysis and multimedia analysis, Chen and his team can find, catalogue and analyze extremist activities online. According to Chen, scenarios involving vast amounts of information and data points are ideal challenges for computational scientists, who use the power of advanced computers and applications to find patterns and connections where humans can not…

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Jedenfalls ein interessantes Projekt in mehfacher Hinsicht.

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Dept of Homeland Security: inexcusable IT waste on ADVISE project

Following its $30 billion virtual fence debacle, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has disclosed another failed IT-related project, this one costing $42 million. DHS has suspended, and will likely cancel, a massive data-mining initiative on grounds that it violated privacy standards. Significantly, the program has also suffered from dramatic, severe, and systematic project management failures.
The ADVISE (Analy­sis, Dissemina­tion, Visu­ali­zation, Insight and Semantic Enhance­ment) program, which is still in the prototype and testing stage, is part of a large-scale, anti-terrorism data analysis operation run by DHS. As reported by Mark Clayton in the Christian Science Monitor, ADVISE is intended to “display data patterns visually as ’semantic graphs’ – a sort of illuminated information constellation – in which an analyst’s eye could spot links between people, places, events, travel, calls, and organizations worldwide.” For additional background, see another Christian Science Monitor article written by Mark Clayton.
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Tim Berners Lee erklärt das Semantic Web in a Nutshell

In 8 Minuten zum Semantic Web. Tim Berners Lee erklärt die Grundlagen und die möglichen Auswirkungen des Semantic Web so klar wie nie zuvor.
Link zum Video

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Wächst Shoemoney oder dem DMOZ eine lange Nase?

Jeremy Shoemaker behauptet, von einem angeblichen DMOZ-Editor erpresst worden zu sein nach dem Motto: Geld her, oder deine Seite fliegt raus…..
Quelle: Datenschmutz
siehe auch Dmoz Extortion

Ich habe meinen Account weder auf Ebay ersteigert, noch einen Meta-Editor geschmiert, das war vermutlich mein Fehler, denn bei der ersten Kritik wurde nach jahrelanger Arbeit mein Account ohne Worte gesperrt.

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Prost! Auf Günni!

Nachdem hier gestern über unseren Lieblingsanwalt der Szene ein paar Schlagzeilen aufkamen, hat Sansibar zu einer kleinen Aktion aufgerufen.

Uploadet eure Fotos in eure Blogs, auf Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa bei Google – oder wohin auch immer, lasst uns ihn wissen – wir werden ihn nicht vermissen ^^

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