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Janice Jayes, Department of History Illinois State University- From iPhones to ISIS: Social Media and the Non-State Actor

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES)
Location
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 FLB
Date
Oct 17, 2017   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Speaker
Janice Jayes
Cost
Free and all are welcome
Contact
Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
E-Mail
csames@illinois.edu
Phone
217-244-7331
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Originating Calendar
School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Calendar

Social media, the dark web, cyber battlefields...the war on ISIS had coincided with the rise of new technology and altered the way we study and think about power. But in many ways this new research has focused too narrowly on what makes ISIS novel, and not enough on how these technologies are reshaping politics in every field.

This presentation will share some insights from comparing ISIS to other organizations and campaigns, specifically the organized crime syndicates in Northern Mexico. Despite their different contexts and goals, both Islamist Extremist and Cartel organizations have followed similar trajectories in adopting social media to communicate, intimidate and recruit for their organizations. More importantly, however, these groups have had similar experiences with fragmentation and the multiplication of competitors.

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