Using virtual reality to counter extremism

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Extremism presents a significant danger to safe and healthy environment of communities. In recent times, some extremist groups are treacherously using informational content to influence public perception. More seriously, these groups are targeting youth using religiously significant terms described with distorted interpretations. The discourse of these groups presents a romanticized view of destruction, trivializes loss of life and breeds hatred to anyone adhering to a different set of values. These extremist groups pose three important risks to communities: (1) influencing public perception and gaining silent sympathizers, (2) creating a sense of us versus them which then leads to discord and identity conflicts and (3) radicalizing and/or recruiting youth. This research presents a digital prototype developed in a 3D-environment, based on research concerning informational and affective properties of extremists' content, with an objective to educate youth against extremism.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2017 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology: 80th ASIS&T Annual Meeting - Crystal City Hyatt, Washington, United States
Duration: 27 Oct 201701 Nov 2017 (Conference website)


Conference2017 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology
Abbreviated titleDiversity of Engagement: Connecting People and Information in the Physical and Virtual Worlds
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Other2017 is a special year for the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) as we are reaching an 80-year milestone of our establishment. The theme of ASIS&T 2017 is focused on the diverse ways in which people from different backgrounds, cultures, and disciplines forge connections with each other, discover and use information, and engage with technology. We will address the opportunities and challenges of navigating through physical and digital/virtual realm with computers, tablets or smartphones to interact in work and everyday activities. Within this information environment, there also are those who choose to disengage, and those who have no access to or knowledge of technology, widening the digital divide. ASIS&T 2017 will provide an interactive platform for exploration of these complex and rapidly changing technological and socio-cultural developments. The ASIS&T Annual Meeting is a premier, peer-reviewed international conference that gathers scholars and practitioners from around the globe to share research, innovations, and insights regarding how information and technology mediate the creation and use of knowledge within and across cultures and enhance lives. Paper, poster, panel and workshop submissions that focus on the conference theme, as well as the production, discovery, recording, storage, representation, retrieval, presentation, manipulation, dissemination, use, and evaluation of information and on the tools and techniques associated with these processes are welcome. The conference embraces plurality in methods and theories, and encompasses research and development from a broad spectrum of domains, as encapsulated in ASIS&T’s many special interest groups (SIGs).
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