THE CHALLENGE: Social Media as a Tool to Promote Terrorist Planning and Propaganda

In a December 2018 report on National Security, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted that “terrorists could…increase their use of online communications to reach new recruits and disseminate propaganda.”

That finding echoed those of a report just one year earlier from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), which noted that technology “will be a double-edged sword,” in that it also “will provide authorities more sophisticated techniques to identify and characterize threats.”

Research of terrorist activity in Syria and Iraq in 2014 noted the use of a variety of social media platforms, with Twitter as the most popular channel. In a three-month period, 59 Twitter accounts of Western fighters in Syria alone had produced a total of 154,119 tweets, with the average account posting 2,612 times. A more recent study found that social media played a role in the radicalization of nearly 70% of Islamist extremists and more than 40% of far-right extremists between 2005 and 2016.

Against this backdrop, a United Nations report found that the significant amount of knowledge about the activities of terrorist organizations found on the Internet, can aid in counter-terrorism efforts, and that new technologies are helping proactively prevent, detect and deter terrorist attacks.

Furthering that analysis, a report from the RAND corporation found that early phase terrorism prevention activities should include online content advocating violence, and messaging to encourage communities to identify radicalized individuals for intervention.

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is a deep-web listening tool that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to assess and prioritize risk.

Radiance scours publicly available data across the entire Internet, correlating names entered into the system with content related to 25 different risk factors, known as Behavioral Affinity Models  (BAMs), and cross-referenced with more than 1 million queries into Lumina’s proprietary databases of risk.

Searches provide near-instant results, delivering meaningful, actionable intelligence to identify and prevent risk.


The S4 app is a crowd-sourced, mobile application that allows users to confidentially report concerns in real time. 

THE SOLUTION: Using AI-Driven Technology to End Online Propaganda and Protect National Security

Radiance provides those charged with protecting national security with timely, actionable data derived from deep web listening and analysis.

Radiance includes more than 6,500 terms related to potential national security risks and threats. The platform conducts nearly 135,000 searches across all publicly-available data on the web, correlating names with these terms and cross-referencing over 1 million queries into Lumina’s proprietary databases of risk. Unlike social media monitoring, Radiance is not reliant on a single platform or social media API, allowing for the continuous ingestion of all open source data. Radiance pulls all applicable content into a comprehensive report. The results are prioritized, making it easy to further analyze the findings and determine potential risk. A manual web search of this magnitude would take 1 year and 2 months for one person to complete.

S4 app can be an important tool in addressing the RAND’s findings, helping communities identify radicalized individuals for early intervention before a potential attack occurs.

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