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Essential reading for cybersecurity professionals, security analysts, policy experts, decision-makers, and law enforcement! During the Occupy Wall Street and Arab Spring movements, the world witnessed the power of social media to dramatically shape events. Now this timely book shows government decision-makers and security experts how to use the social world to improve security nationally and globally--and cost-effectively. Authored by two social media/crowd behavior/security experts, Using Social Media for Global Security offers pages of instruction and detail on cutting-edge social media technologies, analytical methods, software tools, and data collection. You'll learn how to build data aggregators and "crawlers," and buy commercially available data. The book explores how to map and influence online social networks, identify key influencers, crowdsource intelligence, and forecast riots and famines through analytics. Topics include ethics of using social media data and much more. Also highlighting dramatic case studies drawn from the headlines, this crucial book is a must-read. Shows how to use social media to inexpensively improve security nationally and globally Examines cutting-edge technologies, analytical methods, software tools, and data collection techniques Provides gripping, real-world case studies of global events, including the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and the London Riots Shows you how to build data aggregators, analyze online social networks, build crowdsourcing platforms, and much more If you're responsible for maintaining national or global security, you'll want to read Using Social Media for Global Security.
Ravi Gupta is an entrepreneur who develops and commercializes technologies that use biological principles. He has created social media platforms, data processing algorithms, and crowdsourcing techniques to understand and solve security problems.
Hugh Brooks is a security consultant for government and private clients. With a focus on creativity, he has produced innovative solutions for crowd-driven applications, behavior modeling, mobile health and education, and cyber security.
Table of Contents
I Understanding the Influence of Social Media Globally
1 Understanding Social Media's Impact on Global Security
2 Understanding Global Social Media Use
II Analyzing Social Media Data to Solve Security Problems