Social media analysis and training: Understanding behavior, and measuring influence, power and secretiveness in social networks.

  • Custom analysis of specific accounts and networks using proprietary software and metrics.
  • Social network data collection and delivery services.
  • Support for public and private counterterrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE) initiatives.
  • Covert account detection with metrics and analysis.
  • Geolocation and real name detection social media accounts
  • Special focus on extremist activity and covert influence online.

    Clients include private sector (marketing, security and other human interaction analysis) and public sector (government agencies). Work requiring a security clearance will not be accepted, but may be referred to a partner company.

    Intelwire Pro is a service provided by J.M. Berger and the Multifaceted Media Group Inc.


    Training can be conducted on-site or remotely. Call or email for a quote. Pricing varies depending on the location, size of the class and the duration of the program. Basic courses are available in single-session or one-day formats. Intermediate and advanced courses require a minimum of four days and yield best results with a two-week program.

  • Introduction to Homegrown Violent Extremism (HVE)
                    (includes both jihadist and domestic-origin movements)
  • History of American Jihadism
  • Countering Violent Extremism: Challenges, Risks and Expectations
                    (includes lessons learned from direct engagement with extremists)
  • Basic Social Network Analysis: Principles and Guidelines
  • Intermediate Social Network Analysis with Maltego
  • Advanced Social Network Analysis with NodeXL
  • Advanced Social Network Analysis: Other Platforms


  • CNN: Are Mass Murderers Using Twitter as a Tool?
  • Fox Business: Does Twitter Have a Terrorism Problem?
  • New York Times: Twitter Suspends Somali Militants' Account
  • Kenya Attack Unfolded in Up and Down Twitter Feeds
  • NPR On the Media: How We Made Inspire Magazine Big
  • Buzzfeed: How to Ruin Al Qaeda's Day on Twitter
  • MSNBC: Trolling Al Qaeda
  • Al Jazeera: Online Roots of Radicalization
  • Wired: Here's how far-right extremists recruit online
  • Salon: How to spot a white supremacist on Twitter
  • Foreign Policy: Fringe Following
  • AP: US using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube to fight Al Qaeda online
  • Loopcast: Researching violent extremism using social media

    Over the last week, critics and defenders of the National Security Agency have heatedly debated the merits of metadata -- information about the phone activity of millions of Americans that was given to the government via a secret court order. For some, the collection of these data represent a grave violation of the privacy of American citizens. For others, the privacy issue is negligible, as long as it helps keep us safe from terrorism. There are indeed privacy issues at play here, but they aren't necessarily the obvious ones.

    Read the full story at Foreign Policy


    It is relatively easy to identify tens of thousands of social media users who have an interest in violent ideologies, but very difficult to figure out which users are worth watching. For students of extremist movements and those working to counter violent extremism online, deciphering the signal amid the noise can prove incredibly daunting.

    A new paper by J.M. Berger and Bill Strathearn published by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) offers new metrics for evaluating engagement and influence in social media networks related to extremism, analyzing thousands of followers of Twitter accounts for prominent American white nationalists and anarchists. The metrics were extremely effective at identifying highly engaged extremists in large data sets.

    The new research also sheds light on the relationship between mainstream and extremist politics, showing that followers of white nationalists on Twitter were highly engaged with mainstream Republican party politics, according to an analysis of the hashtags and links they tweeted.

    For the full study, click here



  • Zero Degrees of Al Qaeda
  • Terrorists on Social Media: Arguments That Don't Impress Me
  • #Unfollow: The Case for Kicking Terrorists Off Twitter
  • Yellow and Black is the New Black Flag
  • Reflections of a Troll