A study of the informational properties of the ISIS's content

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Abstract

Use of information networks by extremist groups to advance their totalitarian objectives is becoming a serious concern for global peace. The use of information networks is just one dimension; the other dimension and potentially more concerning is the production of sophisticated information content to influence public perception. One such group—the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)—utilizing the affordances of information networks coupled with the sophisticated information content has been able to recruit a large number of foreign fighters from Western countries and hence is posing a threat to the national security of various nations. This research study analyses the content produced by the ISIS with an objective to identify (1) informational properties of and (2) information strategies used in their content. Initial findings suggest that ISIS’s content is rich in information with affective, theological, political, and historical connotations. Furthermore, their content is designed with an objective to give highly positively and/or negatively skewed information.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 79th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationCreating Knowledge, Enhancing Lives through Information & Technology
EditorsAndrew Grove, Diane H. Sonnenwald, Lauren Harrison, Catherine Blake, Christian Schlögl, Isabella Peters, Barbara Endler-Jobst, Colleen Cool, Yin-Leng Theng
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherAssociation for Information Science and Technology
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
Volume53
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)0877155488
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology: 79th ASIS&T Annual Meeting - Crown Plaza Copenhagen Towers, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 14 Oct 201618 Oct 2016
https://www.asist.org/events/annual-meeting-2016/

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
PublisherWiley
Number1
Volume53
ISSN (Electronic)0044-7870

Conference

Conference2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Abbreviated titleCreating Knowledge, Enhancing Lives through Information Technology
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period14/10/1618/10/16
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    Afzal, W. (2016). A study of the informational properties of the ISIS's content. In A. Grove, D. H. Sonnenwald, L. Harrison, C. Blake, C. Schlögl, I. Peters, B. Endler-Jobst, C. Cool, & Y-L. Theng (Eds.), Proceedings of the 79th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology: Creating Knowledge, Enhancing Lives through Information & Technology (1 ed., Vol. 53, pp. 1-10). (Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology; Vol. 53, No. 1). Association for Information Science and Technology.