Introduction to the Special Issue: Terrorist Online Propaganda and Radicalization

The Internet is a transformative technology that terrorists are exploiting for the spread of propaganda and radicalizing new recruits. While al-Qaeda has a longer history, Islamic State is conducting a modern and sophisticated media campaign centered around online social networking. This article introduces and contextualizes the contributions to this Special Issue by examining some of the ways in which terrorists make use of the Internet as part of their broader media strategies.

Tags: Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Radicalisation, Social Media, Social Networks