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Disrupting Pro-ISIS Online 'Ecosystems' Could Help Thwart Real-World Terrorism

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Schematic diagram of an aggregate made up of linked users, with the mathematical equation that describes this online pro-ISIS ecology.

Credit: Neil Johnson,CC BY-ND

Supporters of the Islamic State, or ISIS, around the world gather online, becoming members of virtual communities in much the same way any of us might join online groups focused on some common interest.

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