Terrorist groups use the internet for a variety of purposes, from disseminating propaganda and recruitment to fund-raising and psychological warfare. Developing responses that are effective and maintain respect for human rights and basic values is one of today’s most pressing challenges.
Researchers from the Cyber Threats Research Centre (CYTREC) work across disciplinary divides to advance understanding of terrorists’ online activities, assess the threat they pose and develop proposals for policy and practice.
CYTREC emphasises the importance of collaboration with front-line practitioners, policymakers and industry. Its work has been used by social media companies to understand how terrorists exploit their platforms, in the training of law enforcement and to inform national and international law and policy.