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Pohjonen, Matti and Ahmed, Reem (2016) 'Narratives of Risk: Assessing the Discourse of Online Extremism and Measures Proposed to Counter It.' S und F: Sicherheit und Frieden, 34 (4). pp. 236-240.

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The discourse surrounding digital technologies is rapidly changing, namely from an entity with the potential to generate positive political change to one that can be abused by extremists. In light of this, a new “dispositif” of risk has emerged whereby governments are seeking to address the imagined dangers posed by digital technology through a series of pre-emptive measures. By examining how the relationship between digital technology and violent extremism has been articulated in the EU’s counter-terrorism policy, this article argues that critical distance is now needed from both these utopian and/or dystopian conceptualisations of digital technology and conflict.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Internet, violent extremism, EU IRU, risk theory
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Global Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
ISSN: 0175274X
Copyright Statement: This is the published version of record of the article accepted for publication in S&F: Sicherheit und Frieden published by Nomos. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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Date Deposited: 20 May 2019 08:37
Related URLs: ... 274X-2016-4-236 (Publisher URL)
Funders: European Union

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