TSAS WP16-05: Assessment of the state of knowledge: Connections between research on the social psychology of the Internet and violent extremism

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Ducol, Benjamin, Martin Bouchard, Garth Davies, Marie Ouellet and Christine Neudecker. 2016. “Assessment of the state of knowledge: Connections between research on the social psychology of the Internet and violent extremism.” TSAS Working Paper 16-05. Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society. http://tsas.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/TSASWP16-05_DucolEtAl.pdf

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This paper seeks to answer the question: How does social psychology contribute to our understanding of the link between the Internet and violent extremism?

There seems to be little doubt that the Internet is increasingly implicated in radicalization processes. Yet the mechanisms underlying the link between the Internet and violent extremism, and their relative importance, remain largely undefined. The literature on radicalization to violent extremism is starting to establish central roles for concepts such as identity change and peer group reinforcements, which can best be understood from the lens of social psychology.