The dark side of social media : review of online terrorism

Dean, Geoff, Bell , Peter , & Newman, Jack (2012) The dark side of social media : review of online terrorism. Pakistan Journal of Criminology, 3(3), pp. 103-122.


This paper lays the conceptual foundation for understanding the significant role that social media can and does play in relation to spreading the threat and growth of terrorism, especially ‘home-grown’ terrorism. The utility of social media applications (eg. Facebook, Twitter, You Tube) to recruit, communicate and train terrorists is explored through the perspective of Knowledge-Managed Policing (KMP). The paper concludes with the implications this conceptual analysis of terrorism as a new presence on the internet has for law enforcement and the global cyber community.

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ID Code: 50162
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Online Terrorism, Social Media, Knowledge-Managed Policing
ISSN: 2074-2738
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 11 May 2012 01:41
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2012 11:10

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