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Terrorism Online

Politics, Law and Technology, 1st Edition

By Lee Jarvis, Stuart MacDonald, Thomas M. Chen


210 pages

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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.

This book will be of great interest to students of cybersecurity, security studies, terrorism and International Relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Lee Jarvis, Stuart Macdonald and Thomas M. Chen 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 dervices, 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

About the Authors

Lee Jarvis is Senior Lecturer in International Security at the University of East Anglia. He is author of Times of Terror: Discourse, Temporality and the War on Terror (2009), co-author of Terrorism: A Critical Introduction (2011), and co-editor of Cyberterrorism: Understanding, Assessment, and Response (2014) and Counter-Radicalisation: Critical Perspectives (2015).

Stuart Macdonald is an Associate Professor at the College of Law, Swansea University and is co-editor of Cyberterrorism: Understanding, Assessment, and Response (2014).

Thomas M. Chen is Professor in Cyber Security at City University, London. He is a co-editor of Cyberterrorism: Understanding, Assessment, and Response (2014); Broadband Mobile Multimedia: Techniques and Applications (2008); and Mathematical Foundations for Signal Processing, Communications, and Networking (2011).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Conflict, Security and Technology

The Studies in Conflict, Technology and Security series aims to publish challenging studies that map the terrain of technology and security from a range of disciplinary perspectives, offering critical perspectives on the issues that concern publics, business and policymakers in a time of rapid and disruptive technological change.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
LAW / Computer & Internet
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism