Onlife Extremism: Dynamic Integration of Digital and Physical Spaces in Radicalization

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Title: Onlife Extremism: Dynamic Integration of Digital and Physical Spaces in Radicalization
Authors: Valentini, Daniele
Lorusso, Anna
Stephan, Achim
Abstract: This article argues that one should consider online and offline radicalization in an integrated way. Occasionally, the design of some counter-measure initiatives treats the internet and the “real” world as two separate and independent realms. New information communication technologies (ICTs) allow extremists to fuse digital and physical settings. As a result, our research contends that radicalization takes place in onlife spaces: hybrid environments that incorporate elements from individuals’ online and offline experiences. This study substantiates this claim, and it examines how algorithms structure information on social media by tracking users’ online and offline activities. Then, it analyzes how the Islamic State promoted onlife radicalization. We focus on how the Islamic State used Telegram, specific media techniques, and videos to connect the Web to the territories it controlled in Syria. Ultimately, the article contributes to the recalibration of the current debate on the relationship between online and offline radicalization on a theoretical level and suggests, on a practical level, potential counter measures.
Citations: Valentini D, Lorusso AM and Stephan A (2020) Onlife Extremism: Dynamic Integration of Digital and Physical Spaces in Radicalization. Front. Psychol. 11:524.
URL: https://repositorium.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/urn:nbn:de:gbv:700-202105114495
Subject Keywords: radicalization; algorithms; internet; onlife; media; Islamic State
Issue Date: 24-Mar-2020
License name: Attribution 4.0 International
License url: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Type of publication: Einzelbeitrag in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift [article]
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