Data science is a systematic process for applying techniques from statistics, data mining, and machine learning to solve complex problems. In this talk, Dr. Megan Squire will explain how she uses data science to understand complex socio-technical issues such as extremist group membership and financing. Dr. Squire's work to understand online extremism has been featured in numerous media publications including the Wired, NPR, The New York Times, and CNN.
Dr. Megan Squire is Deputy Director for Data Analytics and Open Source Intelligence at the Southern Poverty Law Center. As a computer scientist, she applies techniques from data science and cybersecurity to track and expose networks of hate and extremism online. She is the author of two books on data cleaning and data mining, and over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including several Best Paper awards for her work tracking extremist online fundraising and cryptocurrency.
In a leading news story last week, the Washington Post reported last about her prediction of the Proud Boys’ online hate speech as a serious threat before the January 6 attacks.