Social media has fundamentally changed how we share information – now there are so many more ways of reaching people. Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms are widely used, especially by young people, to stay informed in real time. However, some groups and individuals misuse these platforms to promote radical ideas and shape information for their own purposes. In the open space offered by social media, where identities can be kept anonymous or changed quickly, how can these individuals and groups be identified, and how effective are their strategies?
In this Tools of the Trade session, which is part of our recently launched Terrorism and Radicalisation series, YPFP members will learn more about online radicalization and acquire some tips on social media monitoring. The session will be led by Dr Demir Murat Seyrek from the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD), who will use concrete examples of online radicalization to illustrate the workshop. Dr Murat Seyrek has longstanding experience in European affairs and strategic communications, and has worked for many years on Turkey-EU relations and democratisation. He is now a Senior Policy Advisor at the European Foundation for Democracy. He holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in European Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven.
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