Policy Briefs Books Journals

Social Media, Technology and Peacebuilding Policy Brief  No.179 - November, 2023 • By Zakira Rasooli

Policy Brief No.179: The Digital Battlefield: The Taliban’s Case of Co-opting Social Media for Warfare and Governance

Image: Svet foto/Shutterstock.com

This Policy Brief delves into the paramount significance of social media in contemporary warfare, shedding light on the critical need for effective measures to counter online radical narratives and prevent the spread of violent extremism. It explores how autocratic and repressive groups like the Taliban exploit social media platforms to their advantage and how these platforms have become a fertile ground for violent extremist groups to establish a novel front in warfare by allowing them to directly engage with civilians and the public, thus effectively closing civic space. This paper argues for heightened vigilance and proactive measures to counter misinformation, glorification of violence, and radicalisation online, ultimately safeguarding the integrity of information dissemination and societal well-being.

Read more »