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Effects of Social Media on National Security

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[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]

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US Army Command and General Staff College

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Social media is a new prodigy that has captured the attention of many people especially, youths. Its quick access to information and ability to create a quick link between and among people, and promote relationships and businesses far and near serves as an added advantage, which has attracted many users. However, the advantages social media affords has and continue to be misapplied by some malicious individuals such as terrorists and criminals. These individuals use this medium to perpetrate various types of crimes. Most importantly, their actions post severe threats to national security. In view thereof, this research seeks to examine the effects of social media on national security to provide an analytical perspective that may lead to a better understanding of the use of social media. To achieve this objective, the researcher will focus primarily on four major issues which are of security concern, and they include terrorism, criminality, communal violence, and the unauthorized release of classified document. Finally, the researcher will present some strategies that will help in enhancing national security via the use of social media platforms, the development of social media policy, regulation on the use of social media, and the enactment of laws to punish offenders.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Computer Programming and Software

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[A, Approved For Public Release]