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.