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Social Media-A Real Source Of Proliferation Of International Terrorism


  • Mihaela Marcu

    (Hyperion University of Bucharest Romania)

  • Cristina Balteanu

    (Babes - Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca Romania)


Although in 2011 there were registered the fewest terrorist attacks since 2007, thegroups involved in such acts significantly expanded geographically, this being due to the use ofmodern technologies and, implicitly, the use of social networks. Thus, the terrorist organizations havedeveloped quickly by using at larger scale new methods of communication and information, thesegiving them the ability to communicate over long distances and in a safe way. In this context, thispaper had as the main objective the analysis of the role and the implications of social media in theproliferation of terrorism. The results of the study showed an increased presence of extremist groupsin the virtual world of the Internet, 9 of 10 cases of organized terrorism on the Internet being basedon social media.

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  • Mihaela Marcu & Cristina Balteanu, 2014. "Social Media-A Real Source Of Proliferation Of International Terrorism," Annales Universitatis Apulensis Series Oeconomica, Faculty of Sciences, "1 Decembrie 1918" University, Alba Iulia, vol. 1(16), pages 1-14.
  • Handle: RePEc:alu:journl:v:1:y:2014:i:16:p:14

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    social media; international terrorism;

    JEL classification:

    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • K14 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - Criminal Law
    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law


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