Accession Number : AD1038847


Title :   Online Radicalization: Bangladesh Perspective


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States


Personal Author(s) : Rashid, Mohammad I


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1038847.pdf


Report Date : 09 Jun 2017


Pagination or Media Count : 107


Abstract : The internet has significantly increased terrorists' reach, and person to person contact is no more essential to radicalize people. Some terrorist organizations in Bangladesh are also maneuvering in the cyber domain to spread their ideologies and radicalize people. To prevent radicalization through cyberspace, Bangladesh mostly implements hard powers such as removing contents and restricting access to the internet. However, freedom of speech and access to information are prime requirements for a prosperous and democratic society. Therefore, Bangladesh should develop an effective strategy to counter radicalization without impinging citizens' freedom of speech. The country, nonetheless, faces challenges due to lack of coordination among the counter-terrorism agencies, and lack of positive initiatives to grow enduring social resilience against radicalization. Bangladesh may harness benefits by adopting key elements of seemingly successful programs of other countries. It should also create a strategy for appealing positive messaging to foster inter-faith respect and communal harmony where counter-narratives will be embedded. Besides, developing ethics and responsibility of the Internet users will create a self-monitoring system in the cyber domain. Finally, constructive measures will enable Bangladesh to develop a sustainable counter radicalization mechanism without impinging citizens' democratic rights.


Descriptors :   national security , counterterrorism , internet , united states government , electronic messaging , human rights , intelligence collection , social networking services , violence , computer networks , terrorism , Bangladesh , Indonesia , Malaysia , social media , cyberspace , strategy , access


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Computer Systems


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE