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Ben Hammersley: A Product of their Environment

Adding Fuel to the Wi-Fire: What is the Nexus between Social Media, Emerging Technologies and Digital Radicalization? Ben Hammersley, Wired Magazine: Terrorists are created by their environment and social ills, and the only reaction they can muster because of their situation is violence. The key is to have policies in place that take away the terrorist's underlying motive. On July 17, the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings hosted technologist and Wired editor at large Ben Hammersley. One of the world's most original thinkers on technology trends, Hammersley's work has crossed war correspondence and technological innovation, reporting from war zones that range from Afghanistan to Mindanao, while also writing on key technology developments, including first coining the term "podcasting." Hammersly discussed the security implications that new online technologies pose as well as offered his thoughts on the role of government in countering extremism in the digital age. More on this event at:
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