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J.M. Berger “State of Play: ISIS on Social Media” seminar at John Jay Center for Terrorism

December 4, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The final John Jay Center on Terrorism seminar for the autumn will be held on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

The speaker will be J. M. Berger, the leading authority on ISIS’s use of social media. His topic is State of Play: ISIS on Social Media.

Berger is a nonresident fellow with the Brookings Institution in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World in the Center for Middle East Policy. He is the author of Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, and co-author with Jessica Stern of ISIS: The State of Terror. Berger has written extensively on the evolution of Al-Qaida and the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS).

Berger is especially known for his research into the tactics of extremists on social media. In addition to important articles on the subject for The Atlantic and Foreign Policy, he co-authored the 2013 study Who Matters Online: Measuring influence, evaluating content and countering violent extremism in online social networks, which introduced new analytical techniques for understanding extremist social networks. He expanded on these techniques in 2015 with The ISIS Twitter Census, published by the Brookings Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World.

Berger is the founder of Intelwire.com, a website publishing investigative journalism, analysis, and primary source documents on terrorism and international security, including exclusive declassified documents on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the Oklahoma City bombing.

He also trains and consults for law enforcement and government agencies on issues related to countering violent extremism and advanced social media analysis.

Due to space limitations at John Jay, the room will be announced nearer the seminar time.


December 4, 2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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John Jay Center on Terrorism
899 Tenth Avenue NY United States