Terrorist Presence in Virtual Worlds: Using Second Life as a Case Study

By Sinclair Jeter and Darris Taylor Jr.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This beginning research looks at a small sampling of groups formed in the virtual world, Second Life (Linden Labs, Inc.), in an effort to develop a series of typologies for further study. Search terms used to select these groups were taken from contemporary anti-terrorist agency key terms lists. A manual review of each group’s choice of words was conducted using their self-definitions to derive a series of five general categories, based upon word intensity and emotion. Noted was the small number of groups that placed in the more “intense” categories, amongst 100 groups selected. Additionally, it was noted that these same groups tended to have a closed versus open status to automatic membership.

Keywords: Second Life, Typologies, Extremist, Terrorist, Groups

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 10, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 763.429KB).

Dr. Sinclair Jeter

Assistant Professor, Administration of Justice Program, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC, USA

Dr. Sinclair Jeter presently serves as assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of the District of Columbia, teaching criminal justice courses as well as functioning as coordinator for training and distance education for the university’s Institute for Public Safety and Justice. He also serves as technology advisor to a large Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Grant, as well as Co/PI for a smaller DHS STEM grant. Prior to this appointment, he taught courses as a visiting professor of political science and history at UDC. He also taught business courses as a visiting professor of business in UDC’s Egyptian program at Tenth-of-Ramadan City, Egypt.

Darris Taylor Jr

Student Research Assistant, Homeland Security Science & Technology Division, Institute for Public Safety and Justice, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC, USA


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