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This isn’t Helter Skelter: Why the internet alone can’t be blamed for radicalisation

The internet’s precise role in the process of radicalisation remains vexing.

You can lead a person to a bomb-making manual, but you can’t make them use it.

Radicalisation is a social process.

It refers to a means by which an individual or group embraces an extreme ideology and rejects or undermines the “status quo”.

Terror 1a keyboard by Shutterstock LLLLThis process can then lead to an increased willingness to condone or use violence.

“Safety” in the digital era

The internet allows previously alienated and disaffected people to find and connect with each other.

It also provides a…

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