Institute for the Study of Asymmetric Conflict

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1. Virtual Communities as Pathways to Extremism

The Internet is playing an increasing role in terrorism – not only in obvious areas such as command and control, technical instruction, and the publishing of ideological tracts, but also as a social medium in which groups of people form “virtual communities”. In some cases, these communities can become progressively radicalized to the point where they eventually commit or support acts of violence. An understanding of “virtual communities” is necessary in order to create means of preventing them from functioning as incubators for terrorism.

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Tags: extremism, virtual communities, social networks
By Don Radlauer
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