Fighting Extremism: Efforts to Defeat Online ISIS Recruitment Methods

Howell, Michael (2017) Fighting Extremism: Efforts to Defeat Online ISIS Recruitment Methods. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of David Bath from Intelligence and Security Studies, The University of Mississippi.


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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its sympathizers utilize social media platforms to disseminate propaganda, radicalize audiences, and recruit foreign fighters. Some Western social media users are susceptible to these efforts. Although personal privacy and freedom of speech is largely protected by complex governmental limitations, the social media use of extremists sparked a national debate on how to protect American citizens. This thesis will discuss the history of ISIS and its social media use, the terrorist group’s target audiences, ISIS recruitment strategies, and policy decisions and options aimed at reducing the effectiveness of pro-jihadist propaganda. This paper will explain what the United States can implement, already implemented, and could implement in the future. Keywords: ISIS, jihadist, social media, policy

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Howell, Michael
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Public Policy Leadership
Thesis Advisor: David Bath
Thesis Advisor's Department: Intelligence and Security Studies
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Depositing User: Michael Howell
Date Deposited: 19 May 2017 18:20
Last Modified: 19 May 2017 18:20

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