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This module examines the concepts of cyberterrorism and counterterrorism and provides both a general introduction to cybersecurity and an analysis of practical applications of the use of the Internet both for terrorism purposes and for countering terrorism.This module examines the concepts of cyberterrorism and counterterrorism and provides both a general introduction to cybersecurity and an analysis of practical applications of the use of the Internet both for terrorism purposes and for countering terrorism.It addresses such timely issues as state to state cyber-attacks, and whether this could amount to an armed attack under international law raising issues of self-defense; cyber attacks by non-state actors; the role of non-state actors, such as hacktivists, in both contributing to and reducing the terrorist threat; the issue of incitement to terrorism and recruitment, and the necessary balance with freedom of speech; as well as the issue of surveillance and the delicate balance between security needs and privacy.

Recent examples, which will be covered in the module include the decision by the President of the United States to impose sanctions against Russia for its interference in the U.S. through ‘significant malicious cyber-enabled activities’; as well as the use of social media by terrorists.

The module will be taught with reference to primary sources and Internet resources, such as presidential executive orders imposing sanctions against cyber attacks or dedicated websites for flagging illegal content on social media, as well as to secondary sources from legal and security experts.

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