Problems of Recognition Extremist Information on the Internet

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 4:36 PM
Room: Booth 43
Oral Presentation
Anatoly MERENKOV , Applied Social Science ., Ural Federal University , Ekaterinburg, Russia
Problems of recognition extremist information on the Internet

In recent years, there is an increase of extremist activities in different countries in the world. Terrorist organizations skillfully recruited new supporters.   Internet is one way of attracting people to the organization of extremist activities. Information placed on websites explicitly or implicitly leads to actions aimed at destabilizing the political situation in the country and poses a threat to the health and life of many people. Internet users are not always able to clearly define which kind of information they receive from different sites is really extremist information.

In 2013, we conducted the research in a large industrial center of Yekaterinburg (Russia). The method of research is case-study. The aims are to examine the problems of recognition of the materials that aimed at promoting extremism  and to implement actions that destabilize the political situation in the country. 2000 respondents were interviewed. They are representatives of different social groups.

         The study shows that 67% of people consider that extremist information  provides different methods of manufacturing explosives. Using it, one can see  people, who suggests ideas of how to use it. Thus, the groups of teenagers appear who are able to commit dangerous acts against law enforcement and private citizens. 57% of people believes that extremist information calls  for the approval of the advantages of one nation over the other, 53%  of respondents  believes  that extremist information  means  call for terrorist acts. In this case, 17 % of school students and college students mention the  difficulties in discerning which information  is  really  extremist. 65% respondents expresses  the  need for training, especially young people in order  to  identify the information in  the Internet  which  encourages extremism.