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“Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Dark Future?” Lecture on June 10

Terrorism expert and author Gabriel Weimann will discuss the recent trends in online terrorism, emerging threats and possible countermeasures, in a lecture at the Library of Congress on June 10.


Weimann will present “Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Dark Future?” at noon on Wednesday, June 10, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. Free and open to the public, the lecture is hosted by the Library’s Science, Technology and Business Division and the Hebrew Language Table at the Library, in cooperation with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Tickets are not needed.

In his new book “Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next Generation” (April 2015), Weimann says terrorists’ use of the Internet continues to expand and proliferate, change and evolve. The jihadist terrorist ideology, according to Weimann, spreads on the Internet through websites and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. His book examines what can be expected in the near future and how these trends can be countered.

Weimann is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Haifa, Israel. He was a fellow at the Wilson Center from 2013 to 2014. Weimann’s research interests include the study of media effects, political campaigns, new media technologies and their social impact, persuasion and influence, media and public opinion, and modern terrorism and the mass media. He has published eight books, including “Freedom and Terror” (2011); “Terror on the Internet” (2006); and “The Singaporean Enigma” (2001).

His papers and research reports have been published in scientific journals and books. He has received numerous grants and awards from international foundations and was a visiting professor at various universities, including the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, Hofstra University and American University in Washington, D.C.

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