April 22, 2011
Jihadists use mobiles as propaganda tools
Islamic militants have developed sophisticated ways of spreading propaganda via mobile, a study suggests. The BBC reports.
Researchers found jihadists were compiling packages of information designed to be received on smartphones.
They contained copies of videos, songs, speeches and images that followers are encouraged to pass on.
Some were using Bluetooth short-range radio technology to anonymously spread information to potential supporters.
The study was led by German researcher Nico Prucha who has spent seven years cataloguing the materials put online by Jihadists.
Mr Prucha said that without technologies such as the web and mobile phones, al-Qaeda may well have withered a long time ago.
Mr Prucha said that before the rise of the internet it was difficult for those interested in al-Qaeda or other militant groups to find information.
Often, he said, it came down to a chain of personal connections that led to someone directly involved in one of the active cells of the group.
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