Can an algorithm take down terror cells?


Paulo Shakarian, a professor at West Point's Network Science Center, has developed an algorithm aimed at shutting down decentralized terrorist organizations like al Qaeda. Wired takes a look at the paper, which proposes using social-network analysis to strategically force the organization to become more centralized, rather than simply targeting leaders like Osama bin Laden or Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi. This method is ineffective, says Shakarian, because these amorphous groups "regenerate their leadership." For more on Shakarian's theory and algorithm, check out the full article at the source link below.

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