Legal Options for Online Terrorism


On October 2, 2019, The Program on Extremism at the George Washington University, in conjunction with the Congressional Counter-Terrorism Caucus and The Elliott School of International Affairs, hosted a panel discussion on "Legal Options for Online Terrorism."

Two experts discussed different components of combating terrorist use of the internet and explored topics such as the proposed government regulation of tech companies, aspects of  Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and lessons learned from propaganda and disinformation campaigns. Program on Extremism senior research fellow Devorah Margolin moderated this event. The panelists included:

Annemarie Bridy, Professor of Law, University of Idaho; Affiliate Fellow at Yale Law School Information Society Project; former Visiting Associate Research Scholar at the Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy.

J.D. Maddox, Adjunct professor of national security studies at George Mason University's Department of Information Sciences and Technology; Recently served as the Director of Analytics at the interagency Global Engagement Center, and has led counterterrorism activities at Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, National Nuclear Security Administration, and Department of Homeland Security.

The Congressional Counter-Terrorism Caucus serves as a leading bipartisan voice in Congress for approaches to tackling extremism and radicalization within the United States. It meets regularly with the goal of developing and adopting a bipartisan framework for preventing terrorism.