Social scientists vs. terrorists

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Massachusetts engineering firm Aptima will collaborate with Boston College on a Defense Threat Reduction Agency contract for the application of social-network science to counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Under the three-year project, the BC-Aptima team will develop a framework for how social-network science can support efforts to detect, identify and disrupt adversarial networks that pose the threat of using nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. According to the company, social-network analysis can combat use of unconventional materials and methods by helping visualize or model the pipelines through which funds, weapons and technical knowledge flow worldwide among terrorists, smugglers, criminals and other rogue elements.

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