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[liberationtech] [julian at julianoliver.com: Re: Why Al-Qaida Hates the Internet: Trust Problems on Jihadi Discussion Forums]

Julian Oliver julian at julianoliver.com
Tue Jan 22 10:54:00 PST 2013


> Were Western forces their attacks (say in Yemen, Somalia or
> Pakistan) in discussion forums I'm sure there'd be plenty of distrust there
> also. 

Should've read:

    Were Western forces organising their attacks (say in Yemen, Somalia or Pakistan)
    in discussion forums, I'm sure there'd be plenty of distrust there also.

Cheers,

Julian

..on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 10:27:42AM -0800, Yosem Companys wrote:
> Why Al-Qaida Hates the Internet: Trust Problems on Jihadi Discussion
> Forums
> *CISAC Social Science Seminar*
> 
> DATE AND TIME
> January 24, 2013
> 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
> 
> AVAILABILITY
> Open to the public
> No RSVP required
> 
> 
> SPEAKER
> Thomas Hegghammer <http://fsi.stanford.edu/people/thomas_hegghammer/> -
> Zukerman Fellow at CISAC
> 
>  The trust problem limits what rebels can do online. The scarcity of
> non-verbal cues in digital communication facilitates deceptive mimicry,
> which undermines the interpersonal trust required for sensitive
> transactions. Open-source data from jihadi discussion forums show that
> distrust there is very high and direct recruitment rare. General trust also
> declined during the observation period (2006-2011). As of 2012, forums are
> still in use, but primarily for low-stake activities such as
> propaganda-sharing and ideological debate. Confidence in the authenticity
> of propaganda remains relatively high, due to vetting institutions and
> hard-to-fake video formats. A modicum of interpersonal trust also remains,
> thanks to reputation systems and a few relatively reliable signs of
> trustworthiness involving time expenditure. The trust problem is an
> Achilles’ heel for terrorists online – but probably also for pro-democracy
> activists in authoritarian settings.
> 
> LOCATION
> CISAC Conference Room
> Encina Hall Central, 2nd floor
> 616 Serra St.
> Stanford University
> Stanford, CA 94305

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