Tuesday, May, 28, 2013

Online Radicalization: Myths and Realities, New America Foundation, Washington DC

Online Radicalization: Myths and Realities

The Boston Marathon attacks thrust the issue of online radicalization to the front and center of the debate about homegrown violent extremism in the United States. The elder of the two Tsarnaev brothers behind the attacks had posted videos lauding violent jihad on his personal YouTube channel, visited online jihadist forums, and read Inspire, the English-language magazine published by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He isn’t the only one; the last few al-Qaeda-inspired individuals who attempted or carried out plots in this country also appear to have been radicalized by those propagating violent extremist thoughts online.

Join the New America Foundation’s National Security Studies Program and the Muslim Public Affairs Council for a panel discussion on the threat that online extremist material poses to vulnerable individuals in this country, and the vital role the community plays in preventing and countering Internet radicalization.


Peter Bergen
Director, National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation

Mohamed Elibiary
Founder, Lone Star Intelligence
Member of the Texas Department of Public Safety Advisory Board

Dr. Peter Neumann
Director, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation

Imam Suhaib Webb
Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center

Rabia Chaudry
Fellow, New America Foundation
Founder, Safe Nation Collaborative

Rashad Hussein
U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Haris Tarin
Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council