Promoting online voices for countering violent extremism

American Muslims have played an important role in helping to counter violent extremism (CVE) and support for al-Qa'ida, and are increasingly using the Internet and social media to these ends. Discussions with a number of Muslim leaders active in social media suggest that it is possible to expan...

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Main Authors: Helmus, Todd C., Chalk, Peter (Author)
Corporate Author: RAND Homeland Security and Defense Center
Other Authors: York, Erin
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: [Santa Monica, California?] RAND Corporation [2013]©2013, 2013
Series:Research report
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Summary:American Muslims have played an important role in helping to counter violent extremism (CVE) and support for al-Qa'ida, and are increasingly using the Internet and social media to these ends. Discussions with a number of Muslim leaders active in social media suggest that it is possible to expand such efforts even further, and doing so is a major objective of the August 2011 White House strategy to counter violent extremism. RAND researchers reviewed literature and interviewed American Muslims experienced in social media to understand and explain key challenges facing Muslim activists against extremism, and to identify ways in which the public and private sector can help empower CVE voices online. Their recommendations include reducing the national security focus of CVE where possible: addressing sources of mistrust within the Muslim community, focusing engagement and education on those influential in social media, and enhancing both government and private-sector funding and engagement
Physical Description:15 pages
ISBN:0833078542
9780833078544