Social cyber forensics approach to study twitter’s and blogs’ influence on propaganda campaigns

Samer Al-Khateeb, Muhammad Nihal Hussain, Nitin Agarwal

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Abstract

In today’s information technology age our political discourse is shrinking to fit our smartphone screens. Online Deviant Groups (ODGs) use social media to coordinate cyber propaganda campaigns to achieve strategic and political goals, influence mass thinking, and steer behaviors. In this research, we study the ODGs who conducted cyber propaganda campaigns against NATO’s Trident Juncture Exercise 2015 (TRJE 2015) and how they used Twitter and blogs to drive the campaigns. Using a blended Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Social Cyber Forensics (SCF) approaches, “anti-NATO” narratives were identified on blogs. The narratives intensified as the TRJE 2015 approached. The most influential narrative identified by the proposed methodology called for civil disobedience and direct actions against TRJE 2015 specifically and NATO in general. We use SCF analysis to extract metadata associated with propaganda-riddled websites. The metadata helps in the collection of social and communication network information. By applying SNA on the data, we identify influential users and powerful groups (or, focal structures) coordinating the propaganda campaigns. Data for this research (including blogs and metadata) is accessible through our in-house developed Blogtrackers tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial, Cultural, and Behavioral Modeling - 10th International Conference, SBP-BRiMS 2017, Proceedings
EditorsNathaniel Osgood, Dongwon Lee, Robert Thomson, Yu-Ru Lin
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages108-113
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319602394
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Modeling, SBP-BRiMS 2017 - Washington, United States
Duration: Jul 5 2017Jul 8 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10354 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Modeling, SBP-BRiMS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington
Period7/5/177/8/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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