publication . Doctoral thesis . 2015

Trolling new media: violent extremist groups recruiting through social media

Chang, Mark D.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Dec 2015
  • Publisher: Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
Abstract
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited With the advent and subsequent growth of several new media technologies, violent extremist groups have incorporated social media into recruiting strategies. How are violent extremist groups using social media for recruiting? This thesis explores several new media technologies—websites, blogs, social media, mobile phones, and online gaming—to determine if violent extremist groups rely on social media for recruiting. By comparing the communication of al Qaeda and ISIS, this thesis concludes that violent extremist groups rely on social media, and they employ a wide range of new media technologies to attract and...
Subjects
ACM Computing Classification System: GeneralLiterature_MISCELLANEOUS
free text keywords: violent extremist groups, terrorism, al Qaeda, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, recruiting, \ Internet, \ new media, social media, communication, narrowcast, broadcast, and propaganda
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