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

Maxim Kammerer mk at
Wed Jan 23 03:47:21 PST 2013

On Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM, Julian Oliver <julian at> wrote:
> I must say I find the subject of this post a little ridiculous.

You need to read between the lines. Mining jihadist forums was all the
rage approx. 7 years ago. Recently it fell out of fashion, and the new
fashionable thing is censorship circumvention. People are still vested
in the previous thing, though, and need to publish based on data
acquired so far. However, they try to present it as something usable
for the new thing, hence the last sentence of the abstract, and the
weird title.

Of course, “fashion” above is just an euphemism for money (grants in
academia). Follow the money (e.g., the BBG — RFA — OTF link with its
ridiculous sums thrown at whatever seems suitable to whoever is in
charge), and you will see that Western governments decided that
subverting hostile regimes (e.g., via sponsoring dissidents) is more
effective than prevention of hostile behavior (e.g., via catching
wannabe terrorists).

Maxim Kammerer
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