How Crowdsourcing Can Help Us Fight ISIS

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This 2015 Huffington Post article offers brief but informative look into some of the ways that crowd-sourced information has been used by both by ISIS, and the U.S. Government in its fight against terrorism. The examples used, and also linked through the article, include ISIS’ brainstorming ways to kill Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kasasba, ISIS’ campaign using Twitter against Saudi Arabian intelligence officials, the U.S. State Department’s use of DipNote, the use of crowdsourcing by the FBI, and others. The author is currently working on leveraging crowds in the public sector at New York University’s GovLab and provides a well-informed perspective into the dynamics of crowdsourcing in these contexts.

The article will be of use to PVE researchers and practitioners interested in the ways that crowdsourcing is being used by both ISIS and the U.S. Government. While brief, the article offers an informative and insightful starting point for further research. It also contains some very useful links to the various examples used by both ISIS and the U.S. Government, which are cited in the article.

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Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz

June 2015