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Using online platforms to combat organized crime

Social Media Intelligence

October 2019, Number 09.04

“The international security environment has responded to the rapid development of the internet and mobile communications technology by developing a new intelligence domain — social media intelligence (SOCMINT). After the 2011 London riots, Sir David Omand, former director of the United Kingdom’s Government Communications Headquarters, developed this new domain and defined it as a set of applications, techniques and capabilities obtained through the collection and use of social media. In a 2005 video, Mark Zuckerberg described his goal for the social media platform that was to become Facebook as “[not] to make an online community, but sort of like a mirror for the real community that existed in real life.” By 2018, social media platforms, along with the entire digital ecosystem, had outgrown this description...”

Excerpt from Tudoriu Constantin-Sorin, “Social Media Intelligence,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 9, No. 4, 2019: 19-23.

Tudoriu Constantin-Sorin holds a master’s degree in European Policies for the Management of Public Order and Safety of the Person from the University of Galati in Romania. He is a 2011 graduate of the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center - European Center for Security Studies.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.