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