The terrorists' audience: A model of internet radicalisation

Document Type

Journal Article


Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Computer and Security Science / Centre for Security Research




Originally published as: Aly, A. (2009). The terrorists' audience: A model of internet radicalisation. Journal of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers, 17(1), 3. Original article available here


In 2005 and 2006 I conducted research into how Australian Muslims were responding to the media discourse on terrorism in the Australian popular media. Even then, it was increasingly evident that Australian Muslims were turning to the internet to access information about the US led interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq and engaging heavily in propaganda and conspiracy theories. However, it is not until recently that attention has focussed on the role of the internet in the process of radicalising individuals and groups in support of violent action. In 2007, the case of Abdul Basheer, a law graduate in Singapore arrested for attempting to join the Taliban in Afghanistan drew attention to the use of the internet as a source of inspiration and information for would be terrorists. To some extent this paper draws on my research findings; to a much larger extent however, it is inspired by them.