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Cyber Extremism and Violence in a Hyperconnected World


Cyber Extremism and Violence in a Hyperconnected World

Date: 
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Time: 
10:30am - 2:30pm
Location: 

Online

Cyberspace content and interactions have emerged as a breeding ground for the spread, or even birth of extremism and violence. From the large-scale spreading of authority-undermining or divisive misinformation, to the recruitment of terrorists or gang members, to the planning of extreme activities, we are increasingly observing the growth of a cyberphysical nexus of extremism. Within this nexus, extremist ideas spill over from cyberspace to the real world, leading to violence and increasingly complex threats to homeland security. Register here.

In this event the Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA) center at George Mason University bring together leading academic experts to discuss this nexus of extremism and violence, aiming at advancing our ability to identify and monitor such activities across the cyberphysical nexus. Panel discussions are followed by breakout sessions to identify relevant research priorities. This is not a START event

Keynote Speaker

  • John Picarelli, Director, Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention at U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Moderators

  • William Braniff, Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland
  • Gina Scott Ligon, Program Director, National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE), University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Anthony Stefanidis, Professor of Computer Science, College of William & Mary

Speakers

  • Audrey Alexander, Instructor, Combating Terrorism Center, West Point
  • Terry Gudaitis, Director of the Intelligence Studies Program, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University
  • Nicolás Velasquez Hernandez, Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics, George Washington University
  • Seamus Hughes, Deputy Director, Program on Extremism, George Washington University
  • Sheehan Kane, Researcher/Data Collection Manager, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland
  • Jillian Peterson, Associate Professor – Criminal Justice, Hamline University

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