The War On Terrorism Has Not Been Won, Gabriel Weimann Argues In Terrorism In Cyberspace, Successor To His Seminal 2006 Book, Terror On The Internet Even Though Al Qaeda S Leadership Has Largely Been Destroyed And Its Organization Disrupted, Terrorist Attacks Take 12,000 Lives Annually Worldwide And Jihadist Terrorist Ideology Continues To Spread How Largely By Going Online And Adopting A New Method Of Organization.Terrorist Structures, Traditionally Built Of Loose Knit Cells, Divisions, And Subgroups, Are Ideally Suited For Flourishing On The Internet Through Websites, Email, Chatrooms, E Groups, Forums, Virtual Message Boards, YouTube, Google Earth, And Other Outlets Weimann Addresses Terrorism S Arrival Online Recent Trends Such As Engaging Children And Women, Promoting Lone Wolf Attacks, And Using Social Media And Future Threats, Along With Ways To Counter Them He Analyzes Content From Than 9,800 Terrorist Websites And Selects Their Most Important Kinds Of Web Activity, Describes Their Background And History, And Surveys Their Content In Terms Of Kind And Intensity, The Groups And Prominent Individuals Involved, And Their Effects The Book Also Considers Cyberterrorism Against Financial, Governmental, And Engineering Infrastructure Efforts To Monitor, Manipulate, And Disrupt Terrorists Online Efforts And Worrisome Threats To Civil Liberties Posed By Ill Directed Efforts To Suppress Terrorists Online Activities.Gabriel Weimann Is Professor Of Communication At The University Of Haifa, Israel He Was A Fellow At The Wilson Center In 2013 14. Somewhat tediously written, like a selection of academic white papers bound together than a proper book The title is somewhat misleading Weimann is talking solely about Islamic jihadi groups, not terorism in general And If you re looking for materials about cyberterrorism, that really isn t the focus although a chapter or two talk about it The best chapters are how jihadists use social media to advance their narratives, and then pursue cultivation strategies to identify and inculcate extremist beliefs in their most enthusiastic responders One wonders, how many of the jihadis are actually undercover FBI and other counterterrorism agents talking to each other There are useful pieces about terrorist networks making unexpected and inventive uses of things like commentary in YouTube channels to carry out coded discussions, and some interesting reference to misguided and hopelessly hokey anti extremist social media campaigns, as well as canny approaches like the Saudi fun
An excellent and very scary book.
- 344 pages
- Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next Generation
- Gabriel Weimann
- 15 March 2018 Gabriel Weimann