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Author: Koot, G. · Huis in ’t Veld, M.A.A. · Hendricksen, J. · Vries, A. de · Broek, E.L. van den
Publisher: IEEE
Place: Piscataway, NJ
Source:Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE Joint Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (JISIC2014), September 24–26, The Hague, The Netherlands, 312–315
Identifier: 521605
doi: doi:10.1109/JISIC.2014.62
Keywords: Criminology · Open source intelligence (OSINT) · Data mining · Foraging · Online social networks (OSN) · Profiling · Security · Criminology · Infostructures · Information Society · Communication & Information Behavioural Changes · MNS - Media & Network Services HOI - Human Behaviour & Organisational Innovations · TS - Technical Sciences ELSS - Earth, Life and Social Sciences


A concise and practical introduction is given on Online Social Networks (OSN) and their application in law enforcement, including a brief survey of related work. Subsequently, a tool is introduced that can be used to search OSN in order to generate user profiles. Both its architecture and processing pipeline are described. This tool is meant as a flexible framework that supports manual foraging (and not replaces it). As such, we aim to bridge science’s state-of-the-art and current security officer’s practice. This article ends with a brief discussion on privacy and ethical issues and future work