Top researcher of terrorism and the Internet will visit UM

One of the top researchers of terrorism on the Internet will be at the School of Communication next Thursday to discuss his latest findings with students and faculty.

Professor Gabriel Weimann, founding chair of the department of communication at Haifa University in Israel, is currently a distinguished visiting professor at the School of International Service (SIS), at the American University, in Washington, D.C.

His research about modern terrorism and the mass media resulted in his latest book, “Terror in the Internet: The New Arena, the New Challenges,” the focus of his current studies.

Doctoral student at the University of Miami School of Communication, Dana M. Janbek, whose PhD research focuses on media and terrorism, said she is looking forward to meeting him.

“Post 9/11, terrorism became an extremely hot topic,” Janbek said. “Internet became a hot topic also, and when you combine the two together, it’s on the money.”

Weimann is a pioneer in this area, identifying around 5000 terrorist websites across the world, some of which Janbek is analyzing in her dissertation.

“He [Weimann] studies the internet as a communications media and how those groups use the Internet to spread the word to recruit, to organize, to fund-raise and to communicate among each other,” Janbek said.  “The lecture promises to be fascinating, offering us a glimpse into the world of terrorism online, a world we know little about.”

In addition to his most recent publication, Weimann has published five other books: “Communicating Unreality” (2000), “The Influentials: People Who Influence People” (1995), “The Theater of Terror” (1994), “Hate on Trial” (1986) and “The Singaporean Enigma” (2001).

His lecture at the School of Communication will take place at 3:30 p.m., Oct. 23, in Shoma Hall, room 3053.  Click here to download the invitation.

Weimann will also be speaking at 8 p.m., Oct. 22, at the UM/Miller Center Auditorium in the Merrick Building, following a reception, sponsored by the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.  For more information about this event, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Posted on October 20, 2008