Knowledge, Technology, Digital Community: The Diasporic Internet Networks and their Inference with Global Security

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Regional and international security problems can be understood in more profound way if the research will take into account the relationship between terrorism and new media technologies. If the civilians are exposed to the information and technological revolution, there is no logic to assume that terrorist groups do not share the same benefits and advantages. The terrorists endeavor to mobilize local and international groups, trying to gain advantage by activating loyal civilians who are exposed to the cultural and technological resources of their targets. In this respect, special interest can be brought to the issue of Diasporic communities in the Internet.

The current research is a part of a broader investigation on patterns of political involvement of Diasporic Internet communities. The study has compared the Internet content of three religious groups (Muslim, Jewish and Sikhs) with an attempt to reveal certain cultural and religious codes that bring the potential terrorists to use the Internet as a tool for mobilization and coordination of their actions.

Keywords: Cyber-terror, Terror Mobilization, Religious Content, Net Knowledge, Diaspora Communities, Global Security
Stream: Human Technologies and Usability
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English

Dr. Galit M. Ben-Israel (Fixler)

Researcher & Lecturer, Institute for Identity research in Media and Politics (IDmap)
The Department of Politics and Government, Ben Gurion University 
of the Negev, Israel, Head of Project of Identity, Terror and CyberSpace, Institute for Identity research in Media and Politics (IDmap)

Holon, Israel

My name is Galit Ben-Israel, and I would like to introduce myself. I’am a Lecturer at Ben Gurion University, Department of Politics & Government. I have degrees in Political Science, Sociology and Poetics and Comparative Literature. I teach courses like: Worldwide Politics & Globalization; European & Muslim Terror in the Digital-Global Era & Digital Culture. My Ph.d thesis: “The Influence of the Political Culture on Process of Israeli Decision Making in Cases of Hostage-related Attacks and Abductions Carried Out by Palestinian Terrorist Organizations, 1968-1994”, represents an attempt to decipher Israel's political culture through deconstruction and interpretation of the codes produced by its political and strategic culture. To do so, the tools and practices of textual and linguistic interpretation were used. I'am taking part in an ongoing project of Ecole de la Paix, Grenoble University and NATO – Advanced Research Workshop.
I'am a Head of Project of Identity, Terror and CyberSpace, in IDmap – Institute for Identity research in Media and Politics. The topic of my ongoing research is: Global Terror, Ethnicity, Diaspora and Internet Networks.
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Dr. Marina Shorer-Zeltser

President of IDmap – Institute for Identity research in Media and Politics., Institute for Identity research in Media and Politics (IDmap)
Tel--Aviv, Israel

Marina Shorer-Zeltser is the co-Author of the paper submitted here. I'am writing behalf Marina, because she just gave birth. Shorer-Zeltser is the founder and President of IDmap – Institute for Identity research in Media and Politics. See link: Her main fields of interest are quantitative and ualitative analysis of acquisition of identity through media and politics. The topic of her ongoing research is: Global Terror, Ethnicity, Diaspora and Internet Networks. She lectures in Political Science, International relations, Political Economy and Communication in Israel and in Kenya.

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