|Title||Analyzing the Social Media Footprint of Street Gangs|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Sanjaya Wijeratne, Derek Doran, Amit Sheth, Jack Dustin|
|Conference Name||2015 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI)|
|Conference Location||Baltimore, MD|
|Keywords||Gang Activity Understanding, Internet Banging, Platform Design, social media analysis|
Gangs utilize social media as a way to maintain threatening virtual presences, to communicate about their activities, and to intimidate others. Such usage has gained the attention of many justice service agencies that wish to create better crime prevention and judicial services. However, these agencies use analysis methods that are labor intensive and only lead to basic, qualitative data interpretations. This paper presents the architecture of a modern platform to discover the structure, function, and operation of gangs through the lens of social media. Preliminary analysis of social media posts shared in the greater Chicago, IL region demonstrate the platformÂs capability to understand gang membersÂ social media usage patterns.