About the author
J.M. Berger is an expert on extremism, terrorism and how bad actors exploit technology, especially the Internet and social media. He writes for The Atlantic and is a frequent commentator on television and radio, including a recent appearance on Fresh Air.
Berger just published his first novel, Optimal.
His most recent non-fiction book, Extremism (MIT Press, August 2018), was named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2019 by Choice Reviews, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries. The Washington Post called ISIS: The State of Terror (with Jessica Stern) "required reading for every politician and policymaker."
Berger has also authored and co-authored several groundbreaking studies on social media analysis, including the development of metrics for measuring influence, community detection and detecting the use of manipulative tactics online. He is a member of the independent advisory board of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism and has previously researched extremist ideologies and extremist use of social media for Google and Facebook.
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