US Representatives Royce and Engel Speak at Release of Simon Wiesenthal Center’s 2013 Digital Terrorism and Hate Report

May 8, 2013

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee’s Ranking Member, spoke at this morning’s release of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s 2013 Digital Terrorism and Hate Report.

Read Representative Engel's opening remarks here)

At today’s briefing, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and one of the leading experts in the analysis of cyberspace extremism, detailed the report’s key finding: “The proliferation of terrorism tutorials, and the abuse of social media and online forums by extremists, portend that future Lone Wolf attacks here and abroad are inevitable.”

Now in its 15th year, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Digital Terrorism and Hate Project is currently tracking more than 20,000 hate and terror-related sites, social network pages, forums – up 30% from 15,000 last year. The report also identifies key portals of digital hate and terror and assigns letter grades to key online providers.

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Photo: L-R; Rick Eaton, SWC Senior Researcher; Mark Weitzman, SWC Director of Gevernment Affairs; Rabbi Abraham Cooper, SWC Associate Dean; US Rep. Ed Royce and US Rep. Eliot Engel

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