State Dept. to Counter Extremism via Social Media

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    State Dept’s New Center Seeks to Counter Violent Extremism Via Social Media Campaigns

    The State Department has launched a new center staffed by public and private sector professionals who aim to counter disinformation from ISIS, al-Qaeda and other extremist groups through the use of computer-mediated tools.

    The Global Engagement Center will collaborate with government organizations to create thematic campaigns across social media as well as coordinate counterterrorism messaging efforts aimed at foreign audiences, the department said Friday.

    Michael Lumpkin, assistant defense secretary for special operations and low-intensity conflict, will served as director of the engagement facility.

    The State Department also seeks to empower a network of positive messengers and offer seed funds to nongovernmental organizations and media companies that can help stop the spread of violent extremism content through the center.

    The facility will use data science and analytics technology to design, implement and evaluate social media campaigns against the ISIS group and develop strategies for public sector agencies to address domestic extremist movements.

    http://www.executivegov.com/2016/01...violent-extremism-via-social-media-campaigns/
     
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    Let's see what they do, by just having paid dedicated social media employees a big impact could be made. Releasing good anti Isis content is also paramount. Forcing social media sites to take down any terrorist propaganda is also critical. I think when dealing with ISIS it's better to disprove their ideology rather than simply make fun of it because that won't have a real effect. You want to effect the minds of potential ISIS recruits and convince them not to join any terrorist organizations.
     
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    And this is what should have been done from the start, but here's an interesting dilemma... does this mean global news agencies stop reporting bombings and shootings too? If exposure is their (ISIS) aim, as much as tactical, and there's nothing tactical about terrorizing civilians, to have their voice known, their threats shown, even without social media or propaganda messages in Jihadi forums, do news media organizations unwittingly propagandize for militant organizations by publishing their actions?

    Does reporting an ISIS bombing in Iraq spread fear of further bombings? Does a shooting in the US, perpetrated by an individual pledging allegiance to ISIS further their aims by noting they can and will strike at the US? If it does, doesn't that make news organizations propagandists for ISIS, unwittingly or otherwise?

    What roles do the traditional media play in combating ISIS propaganda as they seem complicit in propaganda, even when they don't intend to be. At what point do they stop reporting ISIS activities?

    Right, and I think it would be best if the US and allied nations focus on ISIS as a nation-state fighting for an independent land - more like separatists - rather than as militants fighting under a religious banner. ISIS is doing both. It's fighting a religious campaign and trying to establish a religious land for itself, at the expense of others, but in attempting to discredit their ideology we are pushing dangerously close to a discourse on Islam itself, which plays into ISIS' hand of "War on Islam" and legitimizes some of their, and other Jihadi group's claims of the West fighting them only because they are Muslim and are targeting their beliefs are Muslims, not because of their violent actions.

    Rather, the US and allies should show that ISIS is a poor leader, poor ruler and a poor governor that isn't fit to fight or lead. If you can discredit their nation-state - their so-called caliphate - perhaps their flow of recruits would drop as they are no longer viewed as legitimate in their aim to establish a caliphate and that Al-Baghdadi isn't the prophesied caliph.

    Fighting their ideology on religious terms seems a bit provocative at a time when the narrative of "War on Islam" is gaining reasonability as the War on Terror progresses. Fight their legitimacy as leaders instead, or any other criteria, but don't discredit their religion, even if their views aren't the prevailing thoughts of Muslims.
     
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