The cyber caliphate: how the war against Isis went digital

Demos’ Alex Krasodomski-Jones talks online radicalisation for the Guardian’s Tech Weekly podcast.

Extremist groups have long used the internet to recruit new members and citizens have long left home to fight in foreign countries. But Islamic State stands apart in the way it has mastered online propaganda and recruitment.

In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris we look at the process of online radicalisation: how it’s evolving, what it means and what is being done to intervene. And as hacktivist communities declare cyberwar on Isis we discuss the battle for hearts and minds online and whether these kinds of attacks can really do anything to dent their digital juggernaut.

Joining Olly to discuss this is Alex Krasodomski-Jones from the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos; Charlie Winter, senior research associate at Georgia State University’s Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative; and Sasha Havlicek from the Institute of Strategic Dialogue. They are joined by Alex Hern from the Guardian’s tech desk.