Radicalization and recruitment through social media and the internet.
About the project
The Internet and social media plays a crucial role in the radicalization of young Muslims. For many radicalized individuals or foreign fighters their first encounter with radical jihadist ideas is online. The internet and social media are used for fundraising, training, and planning, as well as cyber warfare. Webpages and social media are thus an important part of social interaction between recruiters and individuals vulnerable to radicalization. This makes the online social and political life of jihadists an important area of research.
In this project, we will analyze the rhetoric and impact of online Jihadist communities, the use of social media by radicalized individuals, and the process of Internet radicalization in Norway.