Lorentz Lecture – Do People Get Radicalized on the Internet? Demystifying Online Radicalization

04 juli 2024


In collaboration with the Lorentz Center, Rijksmuseum Boerhaave organizes this Lorentz Lecture about the role that the internet plays in radicalization.

Terrorist and extremist actors embrace the internet. The so-called Islamic State, an internationally designated terrorist organization, for example, has released a steady stream of video-recorded beheadings of Western hostages and other atrocity footage on social media platforms to rally support. Violent anti-fascist extremists used encrypted messenger services to instigate widespread violence against law enforcement during COVID-19 lockdowns. Many of the right-wing extremists who engaged in violence on January 6th at the US capitol also relied on online channels to mobilize involvement.

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