Friday, March 06, 2015
Study Explores Impact of Muslim Online Discussions of Sex | Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies
MRBlog | ISIS: What's a Poor Religionist to Do? - The Marginalia Review of Books "ISIS presents scholars of religion with a real problem. Rather than use the Islamic State as an opportunity to nuance the way we talk about religion in public discourse, this self-described caliphate has instead exposed some of the failures endemic to the discipline as currently conceived. Squabbling over whether members of ISIS (or Boko Haram or al-Qaeda, and so on) are “real” or “fake” Muslims takes us to the heart of an intractable debate plaguing the study of religion."
Monday, March 02, 2015
naij.com, How Boko Haram May Benefit From Using Social Media "The danger is that if we allow Boko Haram to bring the war to social media, we will be dealing with something much bigger than we currently are. Those assuming Boko Haram is never going to find someone on social media willing to join the group are deceiving themselves. We once thought Nigerians would never get involved in suicide bombing. Now we know better."
Is Germany’s Top Terrorist Dead or Alive? - Geopoliticalmonitor.com "All of the supposedly “new” Cuspert videos that have emerged since his reported death are in fact just short amateur videos, which appear to have been shot with cell phones or cheap camcorders. Cuspert is present in these clips, along with other German- or Arabic-speaking jihadists, but he is not the focus. The clips have been posted on the web – in one case by an anti-ISIS organization – but, unlike Cuspert’s own videos, they have not been released under the logo of known jihadist media."
techtimes.com, Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Other Chinese Tech Titans Wipe Out More Than 60,000 Online Accounts "China's top Internet regulating body, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), said on its website that Baidu, Weibo, Tencent, and Alibaba have deleted more than 60,000 accounts because of usernames that were misleading, promoted pornography, or had links to terrorist groups."
PressTV, IRGC tightens monitoring of online crimes "The IRGC Cyber Security Command’s Center for the Investigation of Organized Crimes said in a statement on Sunday that it plans to expose the insecurity of Facebook for organized moral crimes."
TimesOfIsrael, Former Islamic State prisoner confirms Sotloff hid Jewishness "A former Islamic State hostage confirmed that beheaded journalist Steven Sotloff successfully concealed his religion and Israeli citizenship from his captors."
buzzfeed.com, ISIS Threatens Twitter Founder And Employees Over Blocked Accounts "ISIS supporters on Sunday called on jihadis around the world to kill Twitter employees because of the company’s frequent blocking of their social media accounts."
Independent, Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty "Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger whose punishment of 1,000 lashes has prompted international condemnation, may now face the death penalty."
Guardian, Iran to allow Google to operate if it respects 'cultural' values "Iran could allow internet firms such as Google to operate in the Islamic republic if they respect its cultural rules, a senior official has said. “We are not opposed to any of the entities operating in global markets who want to offer services in Iran,” the deputy telecommunications and information technology minister, Nasrollah Jahangard, told the Fars news agency on Sunday."
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
UK Police Want to Remove ISIL Instruction Manual From Internet / Sputnik International "Earlier this month, the militant group operating in Syria and Iraq published "Hijrah [journey to an Islamic country] to the Islamic State," a guidebook for would-be fighters planning to join IS ranks in Syria."
WSJ, Fighting Islamic State in Brooklyn "Federal agents monitoring an obscure Uzbek-language website, Hilofatnews, provided the initial thread that would lead to the unraveling of the terrorist plot. Hilofatnews promotes the ideology of Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) and encourages its readers to join. In August 2014, an individual using the handle “Abdullah ibn Hasan” asked on the website if “it was possible to commit ourselves as dedicated martyrs . . . by “shoot[ing] Obama and then got shot ourselves” in order to “strike fear in the hearts of infidels.”"
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
NYT, U.S. Muslims Take On ISIS’ Recruiting Machine "Imam Mohamed Magid tries to stay in regular contact with the teenager who came to him a few months ago, at his family’s urging, to discuss how he was being wooed by online recruiters working for the Islamic State, the extremist group in Syria and Iraq."