Virtual University of Jihad: Training and Schooling Islamic Terrorists in Cyberspace


This article is discussing the role of the Internet in the Islamic terrorist movement. It describes how the nature of the Internet provides the perfect medium for terrorism. Major terrorist organizations now have their own production capability, ranging from video capture, to video editing, to distribution, but, these organizations also have an advanced understanding of the concepts of influence, information warfare, and the power of targeted messages. This is further highlighted by the fact that among al Qaeda's original organizational structure was a committee dedicated to publicity and the media. The internet plays the role as a means of propaganda for recruitment and fund-raising, shaping public opinion in the Muslim world, terrorist training and instruction, operational planning for attacks, communication and open source information.

Jiří Hodný, PhD., born 1965. He received his MA in Sociology at the Brno Masaryk University, the Faculty of Arts (1990) and then completed his PhD in the Brno Military Academy's "Theory of National Defence" research program (2009). After the Brno Military Academy's dissolution in (2004), he worked at the Brno Masaryk University, the Faculty of Law. Since 2005, he has lectured Sociology in the rank of Assistant Professor at the Brno University of Defence, currently at its Department of Leadership. He read the subject of Psychological Operations at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, USA (2000). His current research and lecturing activities, that include the areas of Sociology and Leadership, mainly serve to the needs of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Slavic Military Studies (1997).

Country: Czech Republic



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