In cyberspace borders, regulation, police, and passports cease to exist. Evolving their tactics terror networks have entered the cyber realm and exploited its immense power. Popular platforms such as Google, YouTube, Twitter and others, have enabled global terror networks to quickly and efficiently recruit, communicate, and coordinate deadly attacks worldwide. Meanwhile, anonymizing software and encryption tools help them to avoid detection by intelligence services. How did the internet evolve into a breeding ground for terrorists and how are they exploiting its power? How should governments respond?
Background reading and multimedia:
- Big Tech Defends Handling of Extermist Content in Senate Hearing
Seth Fiegerman, CNN, January 17, 2018
- Facebook Says 99% of IS, Al Qaeda Content Spotted by AI
Jeremy Kahn, Bloomberg, November 28, 2017
- Terrorism and the Dark Web
Nada Bakos, Joby Warrick, and Stephen Anderson, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, November 13, 2017
- ISIS's Propaganda Machine is Thriving as the Physical Caliphate Fades
Joby Warrick, The Washington Post, August 18, 2017
- Are Terrorists Using Cryptocurrencies?
David Manheim, Patrick Johnston, Josh Baron, and Cynthia Dion-Schwarz, Foreign Affairs, April 21, 2017