Wiesenthal Center Expert Contributes Chapter in New NATO Book on Internet Threats

August 12, 2010

Mark Weitzman, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Government Affairs Director has authored a key chapter in a new book published by NATO. The new work, "Terrorism and the Internet: Threats, Target Groups, Deradicalisation Strategies" is newly-released by the NATO Science for Peace and Security series published by IOS Press.

Mark Weitzman’s chapter, entitled, Antisemitism and Terrorism on the Electronic Highway prsents a comprehensive overview of how the Internet is used as a channel for propaganda focusing on anti-Semitism and terrorism.

The history of online extremism is examined along with some of the methods and techniques used by extremists ranging from the earliest use by neo-Nazis to the surge in terrorist websites since 9/11 and the increasing sophistication of what is currently called Internet 2.0. Finally, some suggestions are offered in how civil society can begin to take steps in countering this use without surrendering basic civil liberties.

Photo: Earlier this year, the Simon Wiesenthal Center released it's 11th Annual Report, Digital Terrorism and Hate: The Global Reach. L-R: Mark Wietzman, Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and SWC Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper.

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