Topic: Why is Islamic State succeeding in cyberspace and on-line recruitment?
Topic Overview: Cyberspace is now officially a war zone, and Islamic State (IS) has the capability to dominate the virtual front line. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of IS, has it all figured out. His slick social media campaign has put the terrorist group out in front in this critical future battleground.
Social media and technology have blurred geographical boundaries and allow communication with a global reach in real-time. In this new age, Australia’s geographic isolation from the rest of the world gives us no protection from messages being spread by the international Islamic militant groups. Extremists use these new communication tools to reach into the homes of Australian’s.
Speaker: Anooshe Mushtaq
Anooshe is a first generation Australian of Pakistani origin. She spent her early years in Pakistan and in Libya on posting with her family. Since her arrival in Western Sydney, Anooshe has experienced first-hand the changing cultural landscape of Australia. Based on her own experience, Anooshe offers an insight into how multicultural Australia has changed over the last 30 years and a perspective on the religious and cultural drivers of Muslim radicalisation in Australia.
Anooshe is an accomplished public speaker and writer. She is a regular speaker at national security conferences on the topic of counter terrorism, building social cohesion, social media extremism, Islamic State’s recruitment strategies, countering violent extremism and Muslim youth radicalisation.
Anooshe is Chair and founder of The Raqib Taskforce. The Raqib Taskforce is a Muslim-led, diverse organisation that builds social inclusion through engagement across the Australian community in a manner designed to dispel extremist messages that exist within the public domain.
Anooshe’s research is based on Australian Muslim culture, integration of Muslim youth with mainstream Australian society, violent extremist ideology and Australian Government policies to combat violent extremism. She publishes regularly in The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, ABC, Australian Security Magazine and Security Solution Magazine.
Anooshe is currently studying Masters of Terrorism and Security at Charles Sturt University. She is an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) and a Research Associate at the Australian Security Research Centre (ASRC).
Anooshe is also an advisor to Australian Government, Police, Google and a consultant to charities and social welfare organisations working with vulnerable members of the Australian Muslim community.
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