Influence Propagation in Adversarial Social Network— Impact of Space and Time

Spatio-Temporal Constraints on Social Networks Workshop, University of California, Santa Barbara, Center for Spatial Studies, 13-14 December 2010

Arun Sen and Hasan Davulcu

“The goal of a major DoD project (Minerva), currently underway at Arizona State University, is mapping the diffusion and influence of counter-radical Muslim discourse across various parts of the world. The project team include Social Scientists, Ethnographers, Mathematicians and Computer Scientists. Data collection and analysis for the project is being carried out by the team members in four different continents—North America, Europe (Germany, France, Britain), Africa (Niger) and Asia (Indonesia). The objective is to map the size, scope, and spectrum of the social, religious, and political characteristics of radical/counter-radical Muslim networks in Southeast Asia, West Africa, and Western Europe. As a part of this study, we have collected over 800,000 documents from Indonesian web sites and with assistance from the Social Scientists in our team, identified organizations engaged in radical and counter radical activities. Based on agreement and disagreement of their beliefs and practices, we constructed a multi-graph where the nodes represent radical/counter-radical/neutral organizations and a labelled edge represents agreement/disagreement between them. Utilizing this graph, we plan to understand influence propagation mechanism through these networks and devise strategies to isolate the radical organizations and minimize their influence.”