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Death By Algorithm: West Point Code Shows Which Terrorists Should Disappear First


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1998 al-Qaida press conference, with Osama bin Laden

An infamous 1998 al-Qaida press conference, featuring Osama bin Laden (center).

Credit: Associated Press

Paulo Shakarian, a professor at West Point's Network Science Center, has an algorithm that might one day help dismantle al-Qaida — or at least one of its lesser affiliates. It's an algorithm that identifies which people in a terror network really matter, like the mid-level players, who connect smaller cells with the larger militant group. Remove those people, either by drone or by capture, and it concentrates power and authority in the hands of one man. Remove that man, and you've broken the organization.

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