Lone Actor Terrorism: Policy Paper 3 – Motivations, Political Engagement and Online Activity

MELANIE SMITH, SABINE BARTON AND JONATHAN BIRDWELL, FEBRUARY 2016

This policy paper makes three key recommendations to European governments and global social media companies based on data collected during the Countering Lone-Actor Terrorism project undertaken by a consortium of partners (RUSI, Chatham House, Leiden University and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue). This research brought to light the significant threat posed by right-wing lone-actor terrorism, as well as the need to continue infiltration and monitoring of violent extremist groups. The paper also recommends that social media companies continue to improve user-based reporting systems to expedite responses in potential cases of lone-actor terrorism.

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