Seeking Symmetry on the Information Front: Confronting Global Jihad on the Internet by K. A. Taipale (National Strategy Forum Review)

Abstract: This essay provides a brief overview of the ‘information battlefront’ in the confrontation with militant Islamic extremism. In particular, this essay outlines how terror networks are increasingly using advanced information technology and the global communications network to expand their capacity and capability to wage a global insurgency against U.S. interests and surveys what counter-strategies might be employed in response. It is beyond the scope of this essay to address the broader political or policy issues relating more generally to the global “war on terrorism,” or to address the legal or ethical implications of employing the counter-strategies discussed below in any specific context. Rather, this essay focuses simply on surveying some of the information operations strategies that might be used to counter certain online activities of insurgents.

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