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Terrorism and online extremism

Zahrah, Fatima and Nurse, Jason R. C. (2022) Terrorism and online extremism. In: Ceron, Andrea, ed. Elgar Encyclopedia of Technology and Politics. Elgar Encyclopedias in the Social Sciences series . Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 62-67. ISBN 978-1-80037-425-6. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:98159)

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The rapid expansion of cyberspace has greatly facilitated the strategic shift of traditional crimes to online platforms. This has included malicious actors, such as extremist organisations, making use of online networks to disseminate propaganda and incite violence through radicalising individuals. Here, we provide some insight into the phenomenon of online extremism and the current research landscape within this field. Firstly, we discuss how it is defined within academia and practice, and key examples of extremist activity in online environments. We then discuss research findings across both computational and social science disciplines, where we further consider the ways in which extremists use the Internet, counter-extremism initiatives, as well as some of the computational approaches that are commonly used within this field. Finally, we provide a brief outlook on future perspectives in online extremism to further current practices and research.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: online extremism, social media, counter-extremism, social network analysis, machine learning, computational social science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
J Political Science
Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
University-wide institutes > Institute of Cyber Security for Society
Depositing User: Jason Nurse
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2022 22:32 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2022 14:22 UTC
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