Terrorism was part of our lives before the Internet and it will be a part of our lives even if we have all the means and all the possibilities to control the Internet some day. So when we look at the Internet as a tool for terrorists, we must remember that at the end of the day, the Internet is not the source of terrorism and the Internet is not the only way to implement terrorism. There are four major areas where the Internet has had a major impact on terrorist activities First, the Internet has become a substitute for the “open squares” in cities, the Internet as an anonymous meeting place for radicals of like minds. Second, non-governmental organizations can spread propaganda, stories, movies, pictures, about their successes and no one can stop them. Third, the Internet is used by terrorists as a source of information. Fourth, the Internet can be employed as a command and control vehicle; operational coordination via the Internet. Finally, a smaller point, the Internet can be used by terrorist organizations to raise money for their activities. Anti-terrorist organizations can also use the Internet to collect information on known terrorists and ultimately democratic governments can find the standards that are needed and share knowledge about the way that terrorists are using the Internet, and in the long run the governmental systems will prevail and not the terrorist organizations.
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