1st Edition

Online Terrorist Propaganda, Recruitment, and Radicalization

Edited By John R. Vacca Copyright 2020
    532 Pages
    by CRC Press

    532 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Online Terrorist Propaganda, Recruitment, and Radicalization is most complete treatment of the rapidly growing phenomenon of how terrorists’ online presence is utilized for terrorism funding, communication, and recruitment purposes. The book offers an in-depth coverage of the history and development of online "footprints" to target new converts, broaden their messaging, and increase their influence.  Chapters present the emergence of various groups; the advancement of terrorist groups’ online presences; their utilization of video, chat room, and social media; and the current capability for propaganda, training, and recruitment.

    With contributions from leading experts in the field—including practitioners and terrorism researchers—the coverage moves from general factors to specific groups practices as relate to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and numerous other groups. Chapters also examine the lone wolf phenomenon as a part of the disturbing trend of self-radicalization. A functional, real-world approach is used regarding the classification of the means and methods by which an online presence is often utilized to promote and support acts of terrorism.

    Online Terrorist Propaganda, Recruitment, and Radicalization examines practical solutions in identifying the threat posed by terrorist propaganda and U.S. government efforts to counter it, with a particular focus on ISIS, the Dark Web, national and international measures to identify, thwart, and prosecute terrorist activities online. As such, it will be an invaluable resources for intelligence professionals, terrorism and counterterrorism professionals, those researching terrorism funding, and policy makers looking to restrict the spread of terrorism propaganda online.

    Part I: Introduction

    Chapter 1: Online Utilization For Terrorist Self-Radicalization Purposes

    Chapter 2: Countering Online Terrorist Recruitment Activities

    Chapter 3: Rule-Of-Law And Respect For Human Rights Considerations

    Part II: A Transnational Recruitment Problem Of Violent Online Extremist Terrorists

    Chapter 4: How The Threat From Violent Extremism Has Evolved

    Chapter 5: The Development Of How To Counter Violent Extremism

    Chapter 6: Global Online Counter-Terrorism Strategy

    Part III: Policy And Legislative Frameworks Responses To Threats Presented By Online Terrorists

    Chapter 7: National Policies And Legislative Frameworks

    Chapter 8: Legislation Specifically Targeting The Use Of The Internet To Recruit Terrorists

    Chapter 9: Developing International /Universal Online Counter-Terrorist Recruitment Legal Instruments

    Chapter 10: Enforcement Of Criminal Offences: Specifically Targeting The Use Of The Internet To Incite Terrorists

    Chapter 11: Legal Restrictions and Challenges for Police and Law Enforcement Authorities

    Part IV: Investigations And Intelligence-Gathering Of Terrorism-Related Online Activities

    Chapter 12: Tools In The Commission Of Terrorist Offenses Involving The Internet

    Chapter 13: Investigations Of Terrorist Cases Involving The Internet

    Chapter 14: Forensic Data Preservation And Recovery

    Chapter 15: Supporting The Authentication Of Digital Evidence

    Chapter 16: Operational Cybercrime Units: Forensic Retrieval Of Computer-Based

    Chapter 17: The Intelligence-Gathering And Investigative Phase Of Online Counter-Terrorism Operations

    Chapter 18: Training In The Technical Aspects Of How Terrorists And Other Criminals Can Use The Internet

    Part V: ISIS And The Dark Web

    Chapter 19: How The Dark Web Has Become ISIS' Number One Recruiting and Engagement Platform

    Chapter 20: How ISIS Is Using The Dark Web For Propaganda Purposes

    Chapter 21: How To Access The Dark Web and Track ISIS

    Chapter 22: How To Infiltrate ISIS On The Dark Or Deep Web

    Chapter 23: How To Fight And Contain ISIS On The Dark Or Deep Web

    Chapter 24: How The U.S.’ DoD Is Fighting ISIS On The Deep Web

    Part VI: International Cooperation With Online Terrorism

    Chapter 25: Instruments And Arrangements Against Online Terrorism

    Chapter 26: Intelligence Sharing among Agencies and Internationally

    Chapter 27: National Legislative Frameworks: Investigation And Prosecution Of Online Terrorism Cases

    Chapter 28: Non-Legislative Measures: A Critical Factor In The Successful Investigation And Prosecution Of Online Terrorism-Related Offenses

    Part VII: Prosecutions: The Universal Legal Framework Against Online Terrorism

    Chapter 29: A Rule-Of-Law Approach To Criminal Prosecutions Of Extremely Violent Online Terrorists

    Chapter 30: Role Of Prosecutors In Online Terrorism Cases

    Chapter 31: The Charging Phase: Decisions Of Whether To Charge Online Terrorists

    Chapter 32: The Trial Phase: Evidential Issues Related To The Use Of Intelligence-Based Evidence In Dealing With Online Terrorism

    Part VIII: Private Sector Cooperation And Responsibility and the Future of Countering Online Radicalization

    Chapter 33: Public-Private Partnerships’ and the Private Sector’s Role In Countering The Use Of The Internet For Terrorist Purposes

    Chapter 34: Advanced Drone and Satellite Surveillance<


    John R. Vacca is an information technology consultant, researcher, professional writer, editor, reviewer and internationally-known, best-selling author based in Pomeroy, Ohio. Since 1982, he has authored 81 books and more than 600 articles in the areas of advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology. He is also a former configuration management specialist, computer specialist, and computer security official (CSO) for NASA’s space station program, Freedom, and the International Space Station Program from 1988 until his retirement from NASA in 1995. In addition, he is also an independent online book reviewer. Finally, he was one of the security consultants for the MGM movie titled "AntiTrust," which was released in January 2001. A detailed copy of the author’s bio can be viewed at http://www.johnvacca.com.