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Gary R. Bunt

'IS' Research

James A. Piazza & Ahmet Guler, The Online Caliphate: Internet Usage and ISIS Support in the Arab World, Terrorism and Political Violence for the reading list

"In this study, we investigate the consequences of ISIS’s internet presence by examining the effects of internet usage on expressions of support for ISIS in the Arab world. Using survey responses for between 6,000 and 7,000 individuals residing in six Arab countries in 2016 collected by Arab Barometer, we determine that while general internet usage is not associated with higher levels of ISIS support, individuals who use the internet to follow political news or to express political views online are significantly more likely to be ISIS supporters. These findings underscore the importance of ISIS’s internet strategy for garnering and maintaining supporters and sympathizers."

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