Virtually Islamic Blog

Researching Islam, Muslims and the Internet

Twitter pulls down Saudi bots

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Miqdaad Versi profile

Guardian, One man’s (very polite) fight against media Islamophobia, 18 Oct 2018 "For three years, Miqdaad Versi has waged a quixotic – and always scrupulously courteous – campaign against the endless errors and distortions in news about British Muslims. But can a thousand polite complaints make a difference? By Samanth Subramanian." Excellent article.

Google Maps and Palestine

albawaba, Why Does Google Maps Not Recognize Palestine or its Roads?, 18 Oct 2018

#TrollTracker

medium.com, #TrollTracker: Twitter Troll Farm Archives. Part ThreeAssessing an covert Iranian social media influence campaign

Indonesia transgender haven

Reuters/NBC, In Indonesia, transgender women find haven in Islamic boarding school, 16 Oct 2018
"Founded in 2008, the Pesantren Waria Al-Fatah school in the Indonesia city of Yogyakarta, is a safe space for "waria," as the trans community is locally known."

Research on Syria/Jihadism



Hassan Hassan, CTC, Two Houses Divided: How Conflict in Syria Shaped the Future of Jihadism, October 2018, Volume 11, Issue 9

Research Archive

J.M. Berger has provided an archive of research materials, via archive.org. Check this thread for more details. His book is recommended. Part of the archive is here

Salafism in America

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Anjem Choudary net restrictions

Guardian, Jailed preacher Anjem Choudary faces strict controls after release, 18 Oct 2018
"Restrictions on convicted Isis supporter cover using the internet and speaking in public."

Qatar hacking allegations

Michael Weiss, Daily Beast, Why Did Qatar Try to Hack Syrian Opposition Leaders?, 15 Oct 2018 Read More…

Exploitation online

Reddit issues and the 'morality' of watching death online (implications in the e-jihad zone too)
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E-jihad storage issues

E-jihad storage issues unpacked, discussing Google Drive and Dropbox. Read More…

UAE-based man fined for calling woman 'stupid' ... on WhatsApp

StepFeed, UAE-based man fined for calling woman 'stupid' ... on WhatsApp "A Khaleeji man who called a woman "stupid" in a WhatsApp message is facing major legal trouble in the UAE." Read More…

Anwar Ibrahim on the frontline

Anwar Ibrahim returns to the political frontline in Malaysia. There's a significant social media element to this re-emergence. Read More…
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