Applying the notion of noise to countering online terrorism

Gabriel Weimann, Katharina Von Knop

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The growing presence of modern terrorism on the Internet is at the nexus of two key trends: the democratization of communications driven by user-generated content on the Internet; and the growing awareness of modern terrorists of the potential of the Internet for their purposes. How best can the terrorists' use and abuse of the Internet be countered? As this article argues, the answer to violent radicalization on the Internet lies not in censorship of the Internet, but in a more sophisticated and complicated strategy, relying on the theoretical notion of "noise" in communication process theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)883-902
Number of pages20
JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Safety Research
  • Political Science and International Relations


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