Ourworld today revolves around social media. Whether it is to look up the localnews, see what your friend is doing, or just wasting time away our society isdependent on technology. When everyone is so attached and influenced by themedia it becomes exceedingly easy for extremist groups to reach into the commonworld. ISIS has become professionals at infiltrating social media to recruitmany people from all over the world. Extremist groups use social media torecruit, radicalize, and raise funds. Using social media as well as encryptedonline communications beyond the reach of law enforcement surveillance, theterror organizations are increasingly able to reach new sympathizers andencouraging attacks. With modern technology we should have a way to be able totrack and trace these messages and attempt to trace back the source.
Accordingto Statista.com as of “2015 the last reported number of internet users was 3.17billion up from 2.94 billion in the previous year” (statista.com).
This amount of users on the internet it’s near toimpossible to track and surveillance each suspicious conversation but if wewere able to somehow find where these extremist groups are most prevalent weshould be able to find a way to monitor and flag any conversation that appearsto be abnormal.Although,the internet could be one of our biggest allies to preventing terrorism it isalso one of our greatest challenges. Many extremist groups such as ISIS useTwitter and Facebook openly. They use technology called encryption to hide awayfrom the watchful eye of the government. This tactic is called “going dark”.This is one of the main concerns of police and counter-terrorism officers worldwideright now. National Counterterrorism Center Director, Nicholas Rasmussen toldCNN’s Jim Sciutto in the CNN Special Report, that “It’s clear that ourterrorist adversaries have figured out and learned what kinds of communicationwe’ve been in the past able to intercept.
And they now understand that if they… find other ways to communicate that they can shield their communicationsfrom us.” There apps such as WhatsApp and its competitor Telegram that theterrorist groups also use in order to communicate. The great thing about theseapps is that in some cases they are bale to block or flag suspicious conversationsfor example Telegram has been able to block suspicious terrorist communicationsaccording to Telegram they have stopped 126 communication lines they havestated “Thanks to your reports, today we were able to block another 164 publicchannels used to spread terrorist propaganda.
” Although, it seems like a nearimpossible task to stop these extremist groups from communicating throughencrypted lines there are ways to look and stop these communications fromhappening. It is the government’s job and the apps creators job to try andprevent these communications from happening.