A new technique for tracking down the ringleader has emerged by studying the emails transferring between members of a group. When studying emails within a company, a graph plotting the relationships always move the senior management to the middle. Patterns emerge which show which people in the organization are the most influential.
This technique can be extended to track down the ringleaders in terrorist or organised crime groups in the same way, without even knowing the content of these emails. This report reminds me of Emanuel Rosen’s book, The Anatomy of Buzz in which he describes the way in which community leaders communicate.