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Title: Jihad, Crime, and the Internet: Content Analysis of Jihadist Forum Discussions
Author(s): Edna Erez, LL.B., Ph.D.; Gabriel Weimann, Ph.D.; A. Aaron Weisburd, M.A.
Date Published: October 2011
Page Count: 179
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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Grant Number: 2006-IJ-CX-0038
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study presents quantitative and qualitative assessments of the content of communications in the forum discussions on Jihadist Web sites that are of most concern to U.S. counterterrorism efforts.
Abstract: The study’s findings indicate that most Jihadist on-line forum discussions are brief, involve a small number of participants from among the registered forum members, and include few entries and pages. Forum participants often refer viewers to approved web site and share authentic Jihadist multimedia. References and quotes from religious sources are common. Just over one-third of the discussions include calls for Jihad, and 3 percent of the communications discussed non-terrorist illegal activities, particularly computer-related and software-related offenses. Content analysis of the forum discussions identified four categories of content: information dissemination, religious preaching, instruction or training, and social interactions. These content categories support three core activities of the terrorist organization: ideological foundation, organizational structure, and operational means. Based on these findings the study offers a number of policy recommendations. First, analyze the forum discussions to determine the current status of Jihadist attention and interest. Second, respond to threats by adding interference at any touch point along the communication process. Third, mitigate the harm posed by exposure of Web site viewers to violent imagery. Fourth, the content of forum discussions could increase understanding of the context of the Arab, Muslim, and Jihadist milieu in which the forum social interactions occur. Recommendations for further research are offered. Extensive references from a literature review
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Arab terrorist groups; Computer aided operations; Counter-terrorism intelligence; Counter-terrorism tactics; Terrorist ideologies; Terrorist tactics
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