Preliminary Analysis on the Recruitment Process for Domestic Violent Extremist Groups

Midshipman Researcher(s): 1/C Brendan Reilly

Adviser(s): Dr. April Edwards

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The current study analyzes patterns of communication in the Iron March dataset. Social network analysis and graph clustering was used to draw insights from the dataset. Notably, either during or directly after the initial recruitment approach, the conversation would be taken off of the Iron March Forum and directed to platforms such as Skype or Discord. This shows a level of organization within the forum, and an adversarial approach to recruitment, which preserved anonymity and ensured that only ideologically congruent people were recruited. Users who completed the requirements for recruitment were permitted into other, more private, communication channels.

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