Online Ecosystems and Content Moderation
Digital communications technologies have become a critical tool for modern terrorist organizations. Not only do groups like the Islamic State utilize the internet to disseminate their propaganda and communicate their aims to supporters, but various virtual platforms have also been used to recruit members and facilitate terrorist plots around the world. Analysis of the "digital toolkit" used by violent extremist organizations can illuminate the overall functions, goals, and ideologies of specific groups, their supporters, and the broader movements behind them.
The Program on Extremism released a quarterly tracker documenting our researchers' data collection of pro-Islamic State channels with English-language content on the messaging application Telegram. More information about the Telegram tracker can be accessed here.