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How Terrorist Groups Can Use Your Computer Against You

In today’s ever-expanding digital world, the apparent link between terrorism and the internet appears to be getting stronger. Gill et al. (2017) have indicated that although radicalisation is not dependent on internet use, the internet can facilitate the adoption of

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#TASMConf

The 27th and 28th June saw the congregation of some of the world’s leading experts in counter-terrorism and 145 delegates from 15 countries embark on Swansea University’s Bay Campus for the Cyberterrorism Project’s Terrorism and Social Media conference (#TASMConf). Over

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Reflections: Terrorism and Social Media Conference 2017

Last week, in a sleepy Welsh city by the sea, a group of social media and terrorism researchers came together to discuss the latest challenges in the field. I learned a lot, met people doing admirable work and came away

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RESPONDING TO TERRORISTS’ USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA: LEGISLATION, INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION

MAX HILL QC, INDEPENDENT REVIEWER OF TERRORISM LEGISLATION TASM Speech 27th-28th June 2017 There can be no doubt  that social media plays a pivotal role in communication between those intent on terrorism, just as it is pivotal in the daily

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A letter from our 2016 Cyberterrorism Project Database Interns

During July and August 2016, three second year undergraduate students from Swansea University partook in an internship to conduct research on definitions of cyberterrorism: Nathan Davies (Criminology), Damary Kyauka (Politics) and Callum Sullivan (Criminology). Our students have shared their experiences

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Methodological problems in online radicalisation

There seems to be near-ubiquity between discussion of radicalisation to violent extremism and the Internet. Despite this, the study of online radicalisation remains under-researched and as a result ill-understood. This is, perhaps, surprising given the vast attention in the media

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P2P Extremism Project Fall 2016

In the autumn semester, as part of an annual competition run by the US State Department, a group of Swansea University students recently undertook the challenge to tackle extremism. Being able to focus on any type of extremism we saw

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Defend, Deter and Develop: Exploring the UK’s Cybersecurity Strategy

Last week the government revealed the National Cyber Security Strategy.  In this document the government set out their agenda, along with the priorities and objectives that will direct policy, partnership and procurement for the next five years.  This is the

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Notable trends in the use of images in online terrorist magazines

As a new member of Cyberterrorism Project, I have been very eager to assist in the latest research projects. One of these projects involves the large dataset, collected by previous Project interns cataloguing thousands of images taken from the online

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Two Months. Two thousand dollars. Can you #ChallengeExtremism?

Cyberterrorism Project member and Swansea University PhD student David Mair reports on an exciting new student-led competition aimed at Countering Violent Extremism. The Peer to Peer (P2P) Global University Challenging Extremism Project is coming to Swansea! This will be the

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