Islamic State and Technology – A Literature Review

Author
Tønnessen, Truls
Date Issued
2017
Keywords
Terrorisme
Islamisme
Teknologi
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http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12242/865
https://publications.ffi.no/123456789/865
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Articles
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Tønnessen, Truls. Islamic State and Technology – A Literature Review. Perspectives on Terrorism 2017 ;Volum 11.(6)
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Abstract
This article offers an overview of the literature on how the Islamic State has used different technologies, primarily within the fields of drone technology, CBRN and communication technology. The author argues that the primary strength of the Islamic State, and terrorist groups in general, is not in the acquisition and use of advanced technology, but the innovative and improvised use of less advanced, but easily accessible, technology. A gap identified in the existing research is the question of priority – why and under what circumstances would a terrorist group allocate some of its (usually) limited resources in order to develop or acquire new technological capabilities?
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