Radicalization and the Use of Social Media

Journal of Strategic Security. 2011;4(4):167-190

 

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Journal Title: Journal of Strategic Security

ISSN: 1944-0464 (Print); 1944-0472 (Online)

Publisher: Henley-Putnam University

LCC Subject Category: Military Science

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: English

Full-text formats available: PDF

 

AUTHORS

Robin Thompson

EDITORIAL INFORMATION

Double blind peer review

Editorial Board

Instructions for authors

Time From Submission to Publication: 12 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

The use of social media tools by individuals and organizations to radicalize individuals for political and social change has become increasingly popular as the Internet penetrates more of the world and mobile computing devices are more accessible. To establish a construct for radicalization,the power and reach of social media will be described so there is common understanding of what social media is and how it is utilized by various individuals and groups. The second section will answer the question of why social media applications are the perfect platform for the radical voice. Finally, the use of social media and its influence in radicalizing populations in Northern Africa and the Middle East during 2011 will be analyzed and recommendations proposed.