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Arati Prabhakar: DARPA Looks to Combat Islamic State Group with Internet Tools

Arati Prabhakar
Arati Prabhakar

Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has outlined how the agency is working to help counter the Islamic State group and other threats, DoD News reported Monday.

Prabhakar told CNN’s Barbara Starr at the First Annual Future of War Conference that DARPA begins to use tools similar to Memex program’s Internet analysis system to combat the Islamic State group’s propaganda, Cheryl Pellerin reports.

“Today at DARPA we are developing some of the tools and technologies to start seeing patterns of interconnection in the vastness of the Internet,” she said.

Prabhakar said DARPA designed the Memex program to stop sex trafficking by studying connections among websites, according to the report.

The DARPA director noted that the jihadist group uses the social media to recruit potential members, the report says.

Prabhakar added that part of the national security landscape is how DARPA deals with terror threats “as technology changes and what those kinds of actors are able to do,” DoD News reports.

“We know as well that nation-states around the world are changing their military positions, their military capabilities, and with those shifts come the concern about an acute national security threat in the future that we want to deter and defeat if that becomes necessary,” she said.

Prabhakar said addressing these threats require high-end technology, Pellerin reports.

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