Globalization

Communications
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What impact does this connectedness have on terrorism? Do you feel that a globally networked society is more or less resilient to terrorist attacks

Jun 11th, 2015

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 Already for the term “terrorism”, more than 100 different definitions with more than 20 definitional elements have been identified (for further details, see Record 2003) . The addition of “cyber” to this word already fraught with meanings does not help to clarify this issue. Consequently, current interpretations of “cyberterrorism” range from very narrow to very broad. A more narrow view is often worded close to common terrorism definitions and might include only politically motivated attacks against information systems and only if they result in violence against noncombatant targets (Pollitt 1998) . Broader approaches often include other forms of terrorist use of the Internet and therefore might define cyberterrorism as almost any use of information technology by terrorists (National Conference of State Legislatures 2002) . To complicate matters even more, additional terminology is being introduced into the discussion, e.g. “digital Pearl Harbor”, “electronic Waterloo”, “Cyber war”, or “electronic Chernobyl”. These terms, however, focus mainly on the effects of possible future attacks by terrorists. Therefore, they rather cloud the discussion about a precise terminology on cyberterrorism or a terrorist use of the Internet.  

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