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Digital Influencing for CVE
October 1, 2018

Author: Georgetown University
Publication Date: February 2018

Summary: This report presents a case study of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) digital activity. It analyzes its messaging techniques in the digital space, examines specific methods to counter the group’s online activities, and ultimately makes proposals about how to counter its messaging in the long term. In the short term, offensive cyber operations can be used to frustrate efforts of ISIL actors online. The USG and its partners can then fill in the open space left by the reduced ISIL presence by supporting “digital mobilization” campaigns that encourage and empower other credible voices. In addition, because extremists change their mindsets and behaviors through an active and (at least) two-way conversation—not by passively receiving information—having credible messengers and an interactive process is essential to long-term success.

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