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Promoting online voices for countering violent extremism

Promoting online voices for countering violent extremism

Helmus, Todd C., author; Chalk, Peter, author; York, Erin

American Muslims have played an important role in helping to counter violent extremism (CVE) and support for al-Qa'ida, and are increasingly using the Internet and social media to these ends. Discussions with a number of Muslim leaders active in social media suggest that it is possible to expand such efforts even further, and doing so is a major objective of the August 2011 White House strategy to counter violent extremism. RAND researchers reviewed literature and interviewed American Muslims experienced in social media to understand and explain key challenges facing Muslim activists against extremism, and to identify ways in which the public and private sector can help empower CVE voices online. Their recommendations include reducing the national security focus of CVE where possible: addressing sources of mistrust within the Muslim community, focusing engagement and education on those influential in social media, and enhancing both government and private-sector funding and engagement

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Published [Santa Monica, California?] : RAND Corporation 2013

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Statement of responsibility: Todd C. Helmus, Erin York, Peter Chalk
ISBN: 0833078542, 0833078690, 0833078712, 9780833078544, 9780833078698, 9780833078711
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 11-15).
Note: Online resource; title from PDF caption (RAND, viewed February 15, 2013).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (15 pages).
Series: Research report ; RR-130-OSD
Subject: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Infrastructure.; RELIGION Fundamentalism.; Internet and activism.; Online social networks Political aspects.; SOCIAL SCIENCE General.; Internet Social aspects.; Radicalism Prevention.; Terrorism Prevention.
Series Title: Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-130-OSD.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Key issues and challenges in empowering constructive Muslim voices
  2. Existing CVE in the United States
  3. Challenges confronting online CVE activism
  4. Case studies of capacity building
  5. Recommendations
  6. Conclusion.