Accession Number:

AD1111251

Title:

Counter-Radicalization Bot Research Using Social Bots to Fight Violent Extremism

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Study/Analysis]

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Report Date:

2020-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

155

Abstract:

Given the success violent extremist groups have had online recruiting, funding, and messagingthe U.S. government USG has an interest in effective, agile, and scalable online responses. This report examines the applicability of automated social media SM accounts, known as bots, to address this problem. While this report was primarily directed at countering groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the LevantISIL, the findings are also applicable to the growing threat of adversary state-sponsored SM information operations. Readers will find an overview of bot technology, a discussion of legal and ethical considerations around bot deployment, a framework for assessing riskreward in bot operations, and recommendations for the USG in developing and deploying such bot programs. The research reported here was completed in August 2018 and underwent security review with the sponsor and the Defense Office of Prepublication and Security Review before public release.

Descriptors:

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]