College to host international conference on Terrorism and Social Medi

Researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from a number of different countries and disciplinary backgrounds will join forces at Swansea University’s Bay Campus to discuss the use of social media by terrorist groups.

The two-day conference on 27th and 28th June 2017 is being organised by Swansea University’s Cyberterrorism Project, which brings together researchers from different subjects to look at all sides of cyberterrorism, including identifying the threat, and improving ways of tackling it. The project is based in the College of Law and Criminology and recently won ‘Outstanding Research Collaboration’ at the University’s 2016 Research and Innovation Awards.

The first day of the conference will focus on how terrorists are using social media to gain a deeper, empirically-grounded understanding of terrorist groups and lone actor terrorists.

Day one will conclude with the conference dinner, hosted by Lord Carlile QC. Day two will focus on questions of response, including comparisons between different forms of response and different jurisdictions and cultures, and considering what criteria should be employed as evaluative standards.

The event will feature a variety of presentations from experts in the field of cyberterrorism and social media. Keynote speakers include former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service Sir John Scarlett, leading constitutional theorist Professor Philip Bobbitt, Professor in International Security Maura Conway and Professor Bruce Hoffman, who served as a commissioner on the Independent Commission to Review the FBI’s Post-9/11 Response to Terrorism and Radicalization.

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