New Terrorism Meets New Media | Wilson Center
6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Internet proves to be a useful instrument for modern terrorists who use it for a wide range of purposes – from recruitment, radicalization and propaganda to data-mining and online instruction and training. However, cyber-savvy terrorists found the need to update their online presence. There is a clear trend of terrorist "migration" to online social media, including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Moreover, this trend is expanding to the newest online platforms such as Instagram, Flickr, and others. Rephrasing von Clausewitz, the new media should be regarded as “an increasing continuation of war by other means.” This new arena of open and social systems presents new challenges and requires dramatic shifts in strategic thinking regarding national security and countering terrorism.

This event will not be audio or video recorded.

Speakers

  • Gabriel Weimann

    Public Policy Fellow
    Professor of Communication, University of Haifa, Israel.
  • Lea Shanley

    Former Senior Program Associate
    Co-Executive Director of the NSF South Big Data Innovation Hub