The Double-Edged Effects of Social Media Terror Communication: Interconnection and Independence vs. Surveillance and Human Rights Calamities

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Abstract

This paper connects the effects of social media on terror/anti-terror communication with dynamics and consequences of surveillance. Citizens become via social media more independent from mass media and more interconnected. This is also valid when citizens engage in terror/anti-terror communication. However, via social media citizens also become targets of the ‘collect-it-all’ surveillance, which was revealed to the global public in 2013. I argue that due to such surveillance some citizens might start to censor themselves and that surveillance inflicts with a number of human rights. I further argue that social media contribute to extending surveillance: by being a temptation for intelligence services, by not resisting state authorities and via constructing threat perceptions among populations which in effect deliver security politicians ‘windows of opportunity’ in order to implement ever more surveillance.

https://ris.utwente.nl/ws/portalfiles/portal/5399893#page=255
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Opportunities and Impasses : Theorizing and Experiencing Politics
EditorsZeynep Güler
Number of pages18
Place of PublicationIstanbul
PublisherDAKAM Publishing
Publication dateApr 2014
Pages255-272
ISBN (Electronic)978-605-5120-74-0
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014
EventPOLITSCI Political Science Conference - Istanbul University Campus, Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 31 Oct 20132 Nov 2013

Conference

ConferencePOLITSCI Political Science Conference
Location Istanbul University Campus
CountryTurkey
City Istanbul
Period31/10/201302/11/2013

Keywords

  • Social Media
  • Terrorism
  • Anti-Terrorism
  • Communication
  • Surveillance
  • Human Rights
  • Threat Perception
  • Self-Censorship

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