Forensic Behavioural Linguistics in Digital Communications Analysis

Taking the tools and techniques used in SEO, digital marketing analytics and data science and combining them with neuro, psychosocial and forensic linguistics. Using them to research online digital communications across social media, blogs, forums and websites, in general, may be an essential step in protecting people from online threats, fraud, bullying and extremist content.

It may seem a bit big brother, but if you think about how the internet works and how we interact with it, then you will see it is all through words. Even with modern technologies from Amazon and Google, and others, from Siri to Cortana that use spoken the language to search it is through words. In social media, we message each other through written or spoken word form.

In SEO terms one of the deciding factors for search engine ranking is the keyword focus on the site you are optimising in relation to the words search by the prospect.

The tools, techniques, technologies and most important, the understanding used can also be utilised in detecting online threats. Searching out fraudulent and harmful content. Seeking out online bullies.

Forensic psycholinguistic analysis can also be used to profile and understand the perpetrator of the threat from a demographic and geographic, socioeconomic background and education level point of view but also from understanding their mindset and motives, the level of threat and so forth.

Through comparative forensic linguistics, we can also help determine who the perpetrator/the author of the threat might be and provide supporting evidence in order to get a conviction.

Data science and predictive modelling can also be used to ascertain the direction in which this threat may be going.

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