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Social media and counterterrorism strategy

Aistrope, Tim (2016) Social media and counterterrorism strategy. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 70 (2). pp. 121-138. ISSN 1035-7718. (doi:10.1080/10357718.2015.1113230) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

With the rise of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the issue of domestic radicalisation has taken on renewed significance for Western democracies. In particular, attention has been drawn to the potency of ISIS engagement on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Several governments have emphasised the importance of online programs aimed at undermining ISIS recruitment, including the use of state-run accounts on a variety of social media platforms to respond directly to ISIS messaging. This article assesses the viability of online counter-radicalisation by examining the effectiveness of similar programs at the US State Department over the last decade. The article argues that governments attempting to counter online radicalisation of their domestic populations must take seriously the significant shortcomings of these State Department programs. The most relevant issue in this regard is the recurring problem of credibility, when the authenticity of government information is undercut by the realities of foreign policy practice, and existing perceptions of hypocrisy and duplicity are reinforced in target audiences. © 2015 Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/10357718.2015.1113230
Uncontrolled keywords: Counterterrorism, radicalisation, social media, democracy, foreign policy, international relations, social media, strategic approach, terrorism, Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Tim Aistrope
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2019 11:16 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 03:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/72277 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Aistrope, Tim: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5448-7254
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