Terrorist ‘Use’ of the Internet and Fighting Back

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Maura Conway


Information & Security: An International Journal, Volume 19, p.9-30 (2006)


Counter-terrorism, Internet, Terrorism, Terrorist Financing, Terrorist Networking, Terrorist Recruitment


The Internet is a powerful political instrument, which is increasingly employed by terrorists to forward their goals. The five most prominent contemporary terrorist uses of the Net are information provision, financing, networking, recruitment, and information gathering. This article describes and explains each of these uses and is illustrated with examples of each. The final section of the paper describes the responses of government, law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and others to the terrorism-Internet nexus.

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