Technology and Terrorist Organizations Research Paper by meh31488

An analysis of the impact of new communication and technology on the resilience, growth and emergence of modern-day terrorist organizations
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This paper develops an approach to analyze the use of new communication and technology by terrorist organizations as a means of increasing organizational resiliency, growth, terrorist activities, and prompting the emergence of new modern-day terrorism. By understanding a terrorist organizations level of technological expertise and what forms of communication and technology are being implemented, the paper discusses how this may provide a way to more accurately predict both their strategies for future attacks and operational integrity. Based on current research, it appears new methods of communication and technology have made terrorist organizations more elusive, dangerous, and resilient compared to traditional terrorist organizations from only a few decades ago.

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"The use of advanced technological devices by modern-day terrorist organizations (20th and 21st century) was not available only a few decades ago to traditional terrorist organizations (Pre-20th century). A few examples of new communication and technology include the internet, e-mail, mobile devices, and satellites to name a few. The present study will attempt to show that these new technologies and methods of communication are being used by terrorist organizations as means of propaganda, recruitment, obtaining money, strategizing, and maintaining a lasting threat to society. As a result, modern-day terrorist organizations are growing at a rapid rate. Even more alarming, many of these organizations are being formulated in discreteness and have become resilient to counterterrorism efforts with the use of more sophisticated technological devices."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Jackson, Brian A. (2001). "Technology Acquisition by Terrorist Groups: Threat Assessment Informed by Lessons from Private Sector Technology Adoption." Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (24: 186)

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