Accession Number : ADA631977


Title :   Trolling New Media: Violent Extremist Groups Recruiting Through Social Media


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Chang, Mark D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a631977.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 83


Abstract : 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 recruit new members. In some instances, virtual interaction still requires face-to-face communication to adequately recruit someone into a violent extremist group.


Descriptors :   *ONLINE COMMUNITIES , *RECRUITING , *TERRORISM , BIAS , CONFLICT , COUNTERTERRORISM , CULTURE , GROUP DYNAMICS , IDEOLOGY , INFORMATION EXCHANGE , INTERNET , INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS , PROPAGANDA , RADIO BROADCASTING , RELIGION , SOCIAL COMMUNICATION , STRATEGY , THESES


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE