Terrorism and the Internet

Should Web sites that promote terrorism be shut down?

  • By:Barbara Mantel
  • Content Type: Report
  • Publisher: CQ Press
    • Publication year: 2009
    • Online pub date:
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.4135/cqrglobal20091100


A decade ago, terrorist organizations operated or controlled only about a dozen Web sites. Today there are more than 7,000. Terrorist groups use the Internet for many activities, ranging from raising funds to explaining how to build a suicide bomb. They find the Internet appealing for the same reasons everyone else does: It's cheap, easily accessible, unregulated and reaches a potentially enormous audience. As terrorist content spreads to chat rooms, blogs, user groups, social networking sites and virtual worlds, many experts, politicians and law enforcement officials are debating how government and industry should respond. Some want Internet companies to stop terrorists from using the Web, while others say that is not the role of Internet service providers. As governments enact laws based on the belief ...

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