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The Rising Fight Against ISIS on Social Media

BY Onnik James Krikorian | Thursday, March 12 2015

Typical Twitter profile pictures used by ISIS supporters (Photo courtesy J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan)

In 2013, Humera Khan, Executive Director of D.C.-based think tank Muflehun, watched as a teenager was radicalised and recruited on Twitter. “Over the course of two years,” she recently recounted for Foreign Affairs, “that individual went from an activist championing minority rights to supporting Jabhat al Nusra (al Qaeda in Syria), and in a final shift of allegiance, to one of the the largest distributors of ISIS propaganda. He is now in Syria.” Despite reporting the case to the law enforcement agencies in the United States, Khan says her warnings fell on deaf ears. But in the wake of a sophisticated online media campaign that includes a number of gruesome videos of beheadings, governments are starting to take the use of social media by groups such as ISIS more seriously.

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Google Ideas, CFR Bring Together Ex-Extremists

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 22 2011

Foreign Policy's Josh Rogin reports that Google Ideas, the wing of the company led by former State Department policy planning staffer Jared Cohen, is planning a 3-day conference in Dublin late June that will, in ... Read More

Bill Clinton Sees Shades of OK City in 'Net-Fueled Rhetoric

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 16 2010

Next week, you might know, is the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing that killed nearly two hundred people, and so there's a burst of new attention on home-grown anti-government extremism. There's also the ... Read More