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Social network modelling for counter extremism: Comparing criminality in two activist networks

Penny, R; Bowles, R; Bouhana, N; (2013) Social network modelling for counter extremism: Comparing criminality in two activist networks. In: Obaidat, Mohammad and Koziel, Slawomir, (eds.) Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications. (pp. pp. 382-388). SciTePress: Setubal, Portugal. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper examines the phenomenon of extreme protest activities in the environmental and animal rights movements, and how their propagation can be simulated through the construction of agent-based models. It uses criminological theory to examine what factors cause a propensity for violent action to spread across social networks, and uses this as the basis for constructing agent-based models of the activist networks. The differences in the results emerging from the models enable inferences to be made regarding which elements in their construction may cause the differences. Modifying the models to explore how these differences in construction affect the outputs from the models enables us to further understand which real-world factors may contribute to differences in the spread of criminality through the social networks of activists.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Social network modelling for counter extremism: Comparing criminality in two activist networks
Event: 3rd International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications, 29-31 July 2013, Reykjavik, Iceland
ISBN-13: 978-989-8565-69-3
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5220/0004586403820388
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of the record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social Networks, Agent-based Modelling, Criminology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Mathematics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1409127
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