Racially and Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists’ Use of Emerging Technologies

In a recent report published by the Global Network on Extremism and Technology, researchers investigate how racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists are using new technologies in comparison with the Islamic State. Titled, Learning from Foes: How Racially and Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists Embrace and Mimic Islamic State’s Use of Emerging Technologies, the authors seek to better understand how terrorist organizations adopt new techniques and procedures.

The report features three case studies involving three different emerging technologies: cloud‑based instant messaging services, unmanned aerial vehicles, and social media bots.

In sum, this report not only contributes to our understanding of how and why terrorist groups embrace emerging technologies, but also how the malevolent use of emerging technologies can spread from one ideologically motivated social movement to another, dramatically changing the security landscape.

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