As of 2015, there were over 7 billion cell phone subscriptions in the world and over 3 billion people had access to the internet. These new information and communication technologies (ICTs) could lead to higher levels of terrorism by providing information to the masses, facilitating mobilization and recruitment, lowering transaction costs, allowing for better organization and communications, making fundraising much easier, and helping keep diaspora groups connected to their homelands. However, the same technologies that allow groups to engage in terrorism also enable their leaders to spy on them and ultimately to be more oppressive. The ability of the government to use these new ICTs for surveillance and/or repression could make it very difficult for opposition groups to form and survive. The question then becomes, who do these new ICTs benefit: the state or terrorist groups? Furthermore, do they make it more or less likely that groups will choose nonviolent tactics? Throughout the course of my dissertation project, The Effect of New Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on Terrorism, I investigate these relationships and provide answers to the aforementioned questions. I find that these new ICTs are able to help diaspora groups fund terrorist activity in their homelands, that regime type matters when assessing who these new technologies benefit, and that a more connected world is not always a safer world.
"Spatial Distribution of Minority Communities and Terrorism: Domestic Concentration versus Transnational Dispersion." (with James A. Piazza) Defence and Peace Economics. 27(1): 1-36.
"The Relationship between new ICTs and Terrorism: Does Regime Type Matter?"
"Technology, Terrorism, and the Diaspora Effect"
"The Effect of Terrorism on Financial Markets: An Even Study in India" (with Muhammed Y. Idris)
"Missingness in Group-Level Studies of Terrorism" (with John R. Beieler)
"Aggrieved Groups and Technology: Is a More Connected World a Safer One?"