Study noted a hike in the use of internet by the radicals as they find it hard to operate in the open. They used to celebrate online terrorist victories and spread materials from Al-Qaeda as well as J I.
TERRORISTS have now have increased the use and also won sympathisers who are also making use of social networking sites like Friendster and Multiply by posting exclusive news reports and videos, the study says.
But regional governments and law enforcement agencies have done little to stop the rise of online radicalisation, according to the study ''Countering Internet Radicalisation In Southeast Asia''. ''Some governments don’t want to appear un-Islamic by coming down hard on Islamist groups, and some don’t want to appear undemocratic by seeming to rein in freedom of expressions in cyberspace,'' the Straits Times today quoted the study as saying.
The Malay and Indonesian language websites typically justify radical ideology and terror acts as divinely-sanctioned, and draw on Iraq, Afghanistan and Arab-Israeli conflicts to incite hostility against the West, according to the 24-page study.
The study found that the number of sites operated by the radicals, extremists and their sympathizers had increased to 31 last year from 13 in 2007. It also found 82 individual blogs and social networking internet accounts last year which were sympathetic to the radicals while there was no such site in 2007.
''This shows that a growing number of individuals, encouraged by propaganda material like the recently-posted will of Bali bomber Imam Samudra, are lending support to or sympathizing with radical and extremist groups,'' said the study.
Some 90 per cent of the visitors to 10 particular sites were from Indonesia, said the study by Ms Sulastri Osman and Ms Nur Azlin Mohamed Yasin of Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and Dr Anthony Bergin and Dr Carl Ungerer of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra.
See my prior post on how to shut down these terror websites, Friday, November 07, 2008, THE "POWER OF THE PRESS" HAS BEEN AIDING IN SHUTTING DOWN JIHAD TERROR WEBSITES HOSTED IN THE USA DURING 2008, SOME NOT SO MUCH.