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The role of internet intermediaries in tackling terrorism online

Cohen-Almagor, Raphael



Many online gatekeepers do not think they have any responsibility for content. Furthermore, permissive online gatekeepers not only allow speech, they facilitate it. They provide platforms and connect speakers with many other people, sometimes anonymously. Online gatekeepers are enablers and protectors of speakers. Why is online gatekeeping fundamentally different from offline gatekeeping? Is this difference justified? This Article focuses on the role internet intermediaries play in facilitating and encouraging terror. It also focuses on internet intermediaries’ moral and social responsibilities to fight terror. The fight against radicalization and terror requires all pertinent stakeholders to cooperate and share responsibility.


Cohen-Almagor, R. (2017). The role of internet intermediaries in tackling terrorism online. Fordham Law Review, 86(2), 425-453

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 6, 2017
Publication Date Nov 1, 2017
Deposit Date Sep 15, 2017
Publicly Available Date Nov 1, 2017
Journal Fordham law review
Print ISSN 0015-704X
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 86
Issue 2
Pages 425-453
Keywords Online gatekeeping, Terrorism
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Additional Information This is the author's accepted version of an article published in Fordham law review, 2017 v.86.


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