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PPN Working Paper: Radicalisation: The Role of the Internet

This paper was produced by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue in advance of the 9th meeting of the Policy Planners Network on Countering Radicalisation and Polarisation (PPN) in June 2011. It provides a broad summary of the current understanding of the role of the Internet in relation to extremist and terrorist networks. It covers the role of the Internet in radicalisation; the use of new technologies by extremists looking to organise and/or use violence, whether in a group or alone (including how this is changing the presence of women online); the ways in which the internet has been used as an operation tool by terrorists (to recruit, train, coordinate and communicate); and the range of policy responses, including the emerging priority area of counter-narratives to take on the dominant messages of extremists and challenge their legitimacy.

Resource published 2011