Homeland Security and Public Safety

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Understanding the Online Extremist Ecosystem

Dec 2, 2021

by Lu Dong, Jennifer Bouey, Douglas Yeung, Peggy G. Chen, Priya Gandhi


RAND conducts analyses and makes recommendations to strengthen the U.S. Department of Homeland Security across its full set of missions to prevent terrorism and enhance security, secure and manage America's borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard and secure cyberspace, and strengthen preparedness and resilience. In the area of public safety, RAND research addresses drug policy, crime, prison reform, and prisoner reentry, and other topics.

REPORT

Dec 2, 2021

By the early 2010s, it was clear that the internet provided white supremacists and other extremists a tool to operationalize their hateful ideas and cause real-world harms. How can the average user understand their risk of exposure to extremist content and make informed decisions about the platforms they use?

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