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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 79th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology|
|Subtitle of host publication||Creating Knowledge, Enhancing Lives through Information & Technology|
|Editors||Andrew Grove, Diane H. Sonnenwald, Lauren Harrison, Catherine Blake, Christian Schlögl, Isabella Peters, Barbara Endler-Jobst, Colleen Cool, Yin-Leng Theng|
|Place of Publication||United States|
|Publisher||Association for Information Science and Technology|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology: 79th ASIS&T Annual Meeting - Crown Plaza Copenhagen Towers, Copenhagen, Denmark|
Duration: 14 Oct 2016 → 18 Oct 2016
|Name||Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology|
|Conference||2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology|
|Abbreviated title||Creating Knowledge, Enhancing Lives through Information Technology|
|Period||14/10/16 → 18/10/16|
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.