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dc.contributor.advisorStrindberg, Anders
dc.contributor.advisorNieto-Gómez, Rodrigo
dc.contributor.authorMealer, Michael J.
dc.dateSep-12
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-14T00:02:50Z
dc.date.available2012-11-14T00:02:50Z
dc.date.issued2012-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/17416
dc.description.abstractPopular opinion expresses fear that accessing radical Islamic content and connecting with extremist networks through Internet functionalities causes radicalization and recruitment to commit terrorist acts. Anecdotal evidence has been used to support this assertion. The opinion assumes the Internet creates a new path that drives radicalization and recruitment. Whether computer-mediated communication (CMC) and Internet functionalities cause individuals to radicalize has not been thoroughly studied. This thesis explores whether a correlation can be found to attribute radicalization to radicalizing content and extremist networks accessed through CMC and Internet functionalities. A framework is used to evaluate vulnerabilities identified by the psychological, sociological and social-psychological elements of radicalization against the radicalization process, personal history, and the presence of radicalizing conventional communication and extremist contact. The analysis finds three cases that may support a conclusion that Internet radicalization is possible; however, the importance of root causes and individual vulnerabilities may have a greater impact. Since some circumstances involving CMC may increase the likelihood of radicalization, the fear of Internet radicalization may be reasonable, but the number of incidents validating that fear makes the threat unlikely, and appears more as a phantom menace than a real threat.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/internetradicali1094517416
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.titleInternet Radicalization : Actual Threat or Phantom Menace?en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSecurity Studies
dc.subject.authorInternet radicalizationen_US
dc.subject.authorradicalization processen_US
dc.subject.authorradicalization causationen_US
dc.subject.authorradicalizationen_US
dc.subject.authorjihaden_US
dc.subject.authorjihadisten_US
dc.subject.authorextremisten_US
dc.subject.authorIslamic extremisten_US
dc.subject.authorglobalizationen_US
dc.subject.authorcausationen_US
dc.subject.authorcorrelationsen_US
dc.subject.authorvulnerabilityen_US
dc.subject.authorcomputer-mediated communicationen_US
dc.subject.authorCMCen_US
dc.subject.authorconventional communicationen_US
dc.subject.authorroot causesen_US
dc.subject.authorrecruitmenten_US
dc.subject.authorInternet recruitment and radicalizationen_US
dc.description.serviceCommander, Chicago Police Departmenten_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts In Security Studies (Homeland Security And Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Homeland Security And Defense)en_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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