The Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes

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This comprehensive 2012 United Nations report provides a thorough review of terrorist organizations’ use of the Internet. While dated prior to the online emergence of ISIS and other groups’ use of social media, it nevertheless provides a wealth of information. The report systematically outlines a number of focus areas, including: the international context, policy and legislative frameworks, investigations and intelligence-gathering, international cooperation, prosecutions, and private sector cooperation.

This report will be of use to PVE researchers and practitioners looking at various aspects of terrorist use of the Internet. Some of the areas covered include terrorist recruitment, financing, propaganda, training, incitement to commit acts of terrorism, and gathering and disseminating information for terrorist purposes.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

September 2012