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Jihadi video and auto-radicalisation: evidence from an exploratory YouTube study

Conway, Maura and McInerney, Lisa (2008) Jihadi video and auto-radicalisation: evidence from an exploratory YouTube study. In: EuroISI 2008 - First European Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, 3-5 December 2008, Esbjerg, Denmark. ISBN 978-3-540-89899-3

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Large amounts of jihadi video content on YouTube along with the vast array of relational data that can be gathered opens up innovative avenues for exploration of the support base for political violence. This exploratory study analyses the online supporters of jihad-promoting video content on YouTube, focusing on those posting and commenting upon martyr-promoting material from Iraq. Findings suggest that a majority are under 35 years of age and resident outside the region of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with the largest percentage of supporters located in the United States. Evidence to support the potential for online radicalisation is presented. Findings relating to newly formed virtual relationships involving a YouTube user with no apparent prior links to jihadists are discussed.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:Jihadi; radicalisation; YouTube; network analysis;
Subjects:Social Sciences > Terrorism
Computer Science > World Wide Web
Computer Science > Digital video
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Published in:Ortiz-Arroyo, D. and Larsen, H.L. and Zeng, D. and Hicks, D.L. and Wagner, G., (eds.) Intelligence and Security Informatics. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5376. Springer-Verlag, Berlin and Heidelberg . ISBN 978-3-540-89899-3
Publisher:Springer-Verlag, Berlin and Heidelberg
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Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:2253
Deposited On:09 Jan 2009 13:51 by Maura Conway. Last Modified 28 Nov 2016 13:58

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