Near universal online penetration means violent ideology can mutate quickly and be consumed and acted upon anywhere in the world. We have seen different groups and networks make use of the internet to spread their ideas, recruit followers and plan attacks, as well as lone actors and those acting alone but with a broad online community base to draw from.
The term ‘terrorist’ is being applied to more and more groups – for example, right-wing, incel and some environmental groups. What impact does this broadening use have on our understanding of terrorism? And is there something different happening in online spaces that might cause us to need to reassess our definitions and our responses?
A panel of experts will discuss how terrorism has evolved in the digital age:
What is a terrorist in the digital age? How far should this term be used?
How can social media platforms and governments fight terrorists online?
Should counterterrorism still be focused on ideological threats?
As with all Chatham House member events, questions from members drive the conversation. The event is part of Chatham House’s ongoing work on The Future of Conflict.