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28 March 2010

Jihadi blog link analysis

The UK's Home Office recently posted the research paper Estimating network size and tracking information dissemination
amongst Islamic blogs
. It is good as far as it goes, and well worth your time to read, though I would have liked to see more data about the linkage between each of the subject blogs. Inspired by it I took a quick look at the blog of Somali-Canadian shaheed Mohamed Elmi Ibrahim, examining which sites link to it, which sites link to those linking sites, and then which of the latter sites link or are linked to any of the other sites in the resulting list. The network that emerges looks like this:

The dead man's blog is at 3 o'clock. At 9 o'clock is a blog associated with al-Qaida in Indonesia. A number of the other linking sites are associated with individuals known to support al-Qaida, and even when the linking site has since been removed by the host for violation of terms of service, or has been deleted or password-protected by the operator of the site, quite a lot may still be learned. I would call this an affinity network, rather than a social network.

Posted on 28 March 2010 @ 18:05

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