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Black-Boxing The Black Flag: Anonymous Sharing Platforms And Isis Content Distribution, Teodor E. Mitew, Ahmad Shehabat Jan 2018

Black-Boxing The Black Flag: Anonymous Sharing Platforms And Isis Content Distribution, Teodor E. Mitew, Ahmad Shehabat

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts - Papers

The study examines three anonymous sharing portals employed strategically by the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) to achieve its political ends. This study argues that anonymous sharing portals such as Sendvid.com, Justpast.it, and Dump.to have been instrumental in allowing individual jihadists to generate content, disseminate propaganda and communicate freely while routing around filtering practiced by popular social media networks. The study draws on Actor Network Theory (ANT) in examining the relationship between ISIS jihadists and the emergence of anonymous sharing portals. The study suggests that, even though used prior to the massive degrading operation across ...