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[liberationtech] Why Al-Qaida Hates the Internet: Trust Problems on Jihadi Discussion Forums

elham gheytanchi elhamucla at hotmail.com
Tue Jan 22 13:52:29 PST 2013


I was curious to know what language/s the researcher has covered? 
Best,elham gheytanchi

> Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 19:45:14 +0100
> From: julian at julianoliver.com
> To: liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Why Al-Qaida Hates the Internet: Trust Problems on Jihadi Discussion Forums
> 
> 
> I must say I find the subject of this post a little ridiculous. 
> 
> Firstly, it's good there are trust problems on jihadist discussion forums. If it
> was smooth-sailing organising such efforts of violence then we should be all the
> more worried. 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. 
> 
> Secondly, al-Qaeda obviously use the WWW and the Internet a lot and so would
> probably not want to take down part of what is obviously their own
> communications infrastructure. As such I doubt al-Qaeda "Hate the Internet".
> 
> The Internet doesn't implement Democracy, Anarcho-syndicalism or
> Totalitarianism. It does however provide a great deal of opportunity for the
> implementation of these in both Western and non-Western contexts.
> 
> 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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