Internet and Terrorism

March 5, 2010 at 10:08 am 2 comments

Just finished the first panel of the day.

One very interesting question was asked which somehow got lost: Is the internet helping terrorists get their views out/ recruit supporters?

I would have been very interested to hear the responses, since internet and technology usage in promoting dialogue vs hatred is always a very interesting discussion.

I believe that the internet and social networking websites promote both dialogue and dissent. It all depends on how you use it. True, it has given “the crazy people” a world stage on which to present their locally targeted views, but it’s also giving people who would never be heard in the media a platform to present their views. Have you heard of the Iranian men who dressed up in headscarves to support Iraqi women? Check out this video by Mona Eltahawy, who argues that a new generation of Muslims are using the Internet to challenge tyranny and reform Islam

Ethar El-Katatney

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  • 1. adshill  |  March 5, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I totally agree – the internet has helped to grow some of the greatest and some of the most evil things in modern day. However the simple fact for me is that if we want the internet, it has to remain free and open otherwise it will lose one of its biggest strengths.

    While providing a breeding ground for terrorists, paedophiles and various other evils, we must try to focus on the good that the internet has done and is doing in so many people’s daily lives and that we simply cannot lose that – this would be a real success to the terrorists.

    Also, if we were to restrict or monitor the internet in a more extreme way, Google wouldn’t be happy at all! Just ask China 🙂

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  • 2. LiberatoG  |  March 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Pointing fingers on this powerfull tool that helped us democratize information is missing the point. The real issue is the assimetries between nations and the human exploitation by other humans. Its a moral issue that even the religious heralds cannot give a solution. A person without nothing to live for its the deadliest weapon there is.

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