06 March 2009
Special Report Issue 22 - Countering internet radicalisation in Southeast Asia
By Anthony Bergin and Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Since its inception, the internet has been used by terrorist groups around the world to disseminate propaganda and tradecraft materials. But as the internet has evolved in recent years, it is being used more and more as a tool for the radicalisation of young people towards violence and hatred. Extremists now use interactive web forums and chat rooms to entice new recruits.
This Special Report finds that the internet is an increasingly important part of the radicalisation process. This report is the result of a joint research project conducted over several months by ASPI and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. The authors are Anthony Bergin, Sulastri Bte Osman, Carl Ungerer and Nur Azlin Mohamed Yasin.