It's Getting Harder to Do

Countering Terrorist Use of the Internet

Published in: Terrorism and Transatlantic Relations: Threats and Challenges, Chapter 8, pages 165–190 (2022). doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-83347-3_8

Posted on RAND.org on March 09, 2022

by Daniel Gonzales

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This chapter focuses on the latest developments in cyber security as a foreign policy and anti-terrorism tool. Although the nature of the global terrorist threat during the last decade might have changed, jihadist and white supremacist groups have exploited—and continue to exploit—the Internet to plan, recruit, train and execute terrorist attacks and spread their ideology online. Thus, countering terrorist use of the Internet and detecting terrorist communications on the expanding terrain of Internet social media and messaging platforms has become a priority of multilateral cooperation. Gonzales investigates the latest developments and explores the various issues, which the difficult and complex task of countering terrorism online raises, ranging from cyber security to privacy issues.

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