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Terrorism Online: Politics, Law and Technology

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Terrorism OnlinePublisher's description

This book investigates the intersection of terrorism, digital technologies and cyberspace.

The evolving field of cyber-terrorism research is dominated by single-perspective, technological, political, or sociological texts. In contrast, Terrorism Online uses a multi-disciplinary framework to provide a broader introduction to debates and developments that have largely been conducted in isolation. Drawing together key academics from a range of disciplinary fields, including Computer Science, Engineering, Social Psychology, International Relations, Law and Politics, the volume focuses on three broad themes: 1) how – and why – do terrorists engage with the Internet, digital technologies and cyberspace?; 2) what threat do these various activities pose, and to whom?; 3) how might these activities be prevented, deterred or addressed? Exploring these themes, the book engages with a range of contemporary case studies and different forms of terrorism: from lone-actor terrorists and protest activities associated with ‘hacktivist’ groups to state-based terrorism. Through the book’s engagement with questions of law, politics, technology and beyond, the volume offers a holistic approach to cyberterrorism which provides a unique and invaluable contribution to this subject matter.


1. Terrorism Online: A new strategic environment, Stuart Macdonald and David Mair

2. Lone-Actor Terrorist Use of the Internet and Behavioural Correlates, Paul Gill and Emily Corner

3. Hactivism as an Emerging Cyber Threat - Case Study of a Turkish Hactivist Group, Ünal Tatar and M. Minhac Çelik

4. An Updated Cost-Benefit View of Cyberterrorism, Turki Al-Garni and Thomas M. Chen

5. Cyber-terrorism and Moral Panics: A reflection on the discourse of cyber-terrorism, Lorraine Bowman-Grieve

6. Cyberterrorism, Criminal Law and Punishment-based Deterrence, Patrick Bishop

7. State Surveillance in Cyber Space: A new perspective on digital data practices by intelligence services, Sergei Boeke and Quirine Eijkman

8. Transatlantic collaboration in countering cyber terrorism, Eva Nagyfejeo

9. The Use of Force as a Response to Cyberterrorism, Irene Couzigou

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