On November 27, 2017 CAISS Director Anna Gussarova spoke at the World Bank Europe and Central Asia Unit in Washington D.C. Mrs. Gussarova shared her ideas on “Countering extremism and social media landscape in Central Asia.”
The rise of social media has significantly strengthened the reach of extremist networks in their attempt to recruit foreign fighters throughout the world. Yet, systematic data analysis on the trends leading to radicalism via social media platforms is limited. New research on this subject has produced insightful evidence for tracking the location of violent extremism supporters online, observe how social media have reconfigured Islamic religious authority and how some governments in Central Asia employ online platforms to promote prevention strategies. This seminar will feature recent findings on the role of social media platforms in communities vulnerable to radicalization. The discussion will cover: (i) existing data analysis for mapping extremist networks; and (ii) lessons learned from countries in Central Asia that are employing social media platforms to promote counter-narratives to contain social media outreach by extremist networks. This event is linked to the ongoing study on: “Central Asia: Development Approaches for Preventing Violent Extremism” led by the ECA Social Development Unit.
The presentation can be found here.