ISIS Twitter Census and Data Science

Jonathon Morgan comes on the show to talk about using data science to analyze and understand issues in the Middle East. Jonathon is the co-founder of CrisisNET, and recently co-authored the ISIS Twitter Census with J.M. Berger.


  • The data collection and verification involved in making the ISIS Twitter Census
  • Dealing with multiple languages in their data set
  • Information that can be learned from a large data set of ISIS supporters
  • Potential to use data like this to study radicalization and improve countering violent extremism strategies
  • Why journalists, scholars, and others should try using data science tools and techniques
  • How to start using data science, even if you have no experience
  • Limitations of data science and “big data”
  • How to ask the right questions to make your data more valuable
  • How subject matter experts can better work with data scientists


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