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Cyber Extremism and Violence in a Hyperconnected World
March 25, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Cyberspace content and interactions have emerged as a breeding ground for the spread, or even birth of extremism and violence. From the large-scale spreading of authority-undermining or divisive misinformation, to the recruitment of terrorists or gang members, to the planning of extremist activities, we are increasingly observing the growth of a cyberphysical nexus of extremism. Within this dynamic connection, extremist ideas spill over from cyberspace to the real world, leading to violence and increasingly complex threats to homeland security.
In this event we bring together leading academic experts to discuss this catalyst of extremism and violence, aiming at advancing our ability to identify and monitor such activities across the cyberphysical spectrum. Panel discussions are followed by breakout sessions to identify relevant research priorities.
John Picarelli, Director, Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention at U.S. Department of Homeland Security
William Braniff, Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland
Gina Scott Ligon, Program Director, National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE), University of Nebraska Omaha
Sheehan Kane, Researcher/Data Collection Manager, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland