Adversarial Shifts and the Availability of Extremist Content Online

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Online extremist activity is not a new phenomenon. Terrorist and Violent Extremist (TVE) use of the Internet has been increasingly well researched since the turn of the millennium. This development of knowledge has led to improved understandings of why TVE’s use the Internet for reasons including recruitment, spreading propaganda, and fundraising. Understanding how terrorists use the Internet is a topic that is constantly changing and evolving, however. As a result, further understanding how TVE’s use the Internet, researchers continue to draw from numerous data types including open-source data to analyse online TVE activity. This blog provides a roadmap of TVE use of the Internet (past, present, and future) and proposes that locating and therefore analysing online extremist content may only become more difficult.

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