Al-Qaeda and the Internet: The Virtual Network Behind the Message
On 21 May, Daniel Kimmage of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty spoke at ICSR about his recently published study The Al-Qaeda Media Nexus.
Kimmage’s study revealed that jihadist media increasingly emphasise a consistently ‘branded’ media product, using quasi-official media entities to advance their message. Such strategies not only serve to boost the credibility of media messages but also ensure a greater control over such messages by the organisation. Kimmage noted that only a fraction of jihadist media production is accounted for by the ‘original’ Al-Qaeda led by Osama bin Laden.
Kimmage’s full report is available here.