Terror Feeds: Inside The Fear Machine

24 Nov 2017 – 26 Nov 2017

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13:00 – 21:00
13:00 – 21:00
13:00 – 21:00

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Tickets: 5€ / day.

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An analysis of ISIS and its media strategy, the meaning of cyber jihad, and why people enroll as foreign fighters.


TERROR FEEDS: Inside the Fear Machine 
The 12th event of the Disruption Network Lab 
“Outer Space” Conference series 2017

Schedule: November 24 (17.00-21.00), November 25 (16.00-21.30), 2017. 
Tickets: 5€ / day. In English language. 
Curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli and Mauro Mondello


Friday November 24 · 2017 
17:00-18:30 – KEYNOTE 
Sue Turton (Reporter and Journalist, Former Al Jazeera Correspondent, UK), Charlie Winter (Senior Research Fellow ICSR Centre, Associate Fellow ICCT The Hague, PhD Fellow King’s College London, UK). Moderated by: Mauro Mondello (Investigative Journalist, IT/DE).

19:00-21:00 – PANEL 
Dlshad Othman (Activist and IT Security Engineer, SY/US), Aymenn Al-Tamimi (Jihad-Intel Research Fellow at the Middle East Forum, SY/UK), Donatella Della Ratta (Writer and Arab Media Specialist, John Cabot University, IT). Moderated by: Frederike Kaltheuner (Programme Lead and Policy Officer, Privacy International, DE/UK).

Saturday November 25 · 2017 
16:30-17:30 – PANEL 
Saud Al-Zaid (Scholar of Islamic Studies, Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures, DE), Pieter Van Ostaeyen (Historian & Arabist, PhD candidate KU Leuven, BE). Moderated by Dave Keating (Journalist, US/BE).

18:00-19:30 – KEYNOTE 
Amrit Singh (Head of the Accountability, Liberty, and Transparency Cluster of the Open Society Justice Initiative, US), Michèle Hassen, (Radicalisation Awareness Network Education, Working Group Leader, Paris Authority, EU/FR). Moderated by: John Goetz (Investigative Journalist, US/DE).

20:30-21:30 – KEYNOTE 
Abdalaziz Alhamza /Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (Co-founder, Media Activist, SY/DE); Aaron Y. Zelin (Founder of and JihadPod, Richard Borow Fellow at the Washington Institute, US). Moderated by: Donatella Della Ratta (Writer and Arab Media Specialist, John Cabot University, IT).


TERROR FEEDS: Inside the Fear Machine highlights the change ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or Daesh. by its Arabic language acronym) represents in how terrorism is conducted and analyses how electronic jihad and strategic messaging affect the worldwide public opinion, both in the western countries and in the Arab world, representing a new icon of "global jihad".

How can ISIS and its media strategy be analysed? What is the meaning of cyber jihad, its characteristics, its role in shaping the image of ISIS, and identifying ways of confronting with this challenge? Which are the reasons why young people are attracted by this phenomenon, and enroll it as foreign fighters? ISIS makes a profound use of cyber jihad as an instrument for recruitment, radicalisation, and dissemination of propaganda. It has captivated a global network of supporters that articulates, intensifies and disseminates its violent extremist messages worldwide.

On the other hand, in the context of the reflection of openness of communication and freedom of speech, activists and human right defenders risk their life while reporting stories to reveal misconducts by ISIS and document the horrors caused by the terror regime. The conference and workshop analyse how activists are working to circumvent censorship, Internet shutdown and repression of speech in the Middle East - as well as how they find political countermeasures via activist/artist practices, reporting on initiatives to combat extremism and terrorism. 
The goal is to understand and to discuss how ISIS unleashed cyber jihad, as well as the strategies activists and human right advocates use to oppose this form of terror, Internet censorship and surveillance.


Event funded by: Reva & David Logan Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, Bertha Foundation, and Checkpoint Charlie Foundation / Checkpoint Charlie Stiftung 
Supported by: Radicalisation Awareness Network - RAN. 
In collaboration with Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society 
Media Partners: Exberliner, Furtherfield.

Pre-Lab: Disruption Network Lab - Terror Feeds (November 10, 2017) at Spektrum - art science community, Bürknerstraße 12, 12047 Berlin.

WORKSHOP at Supermarkt Berlin (Sunday Nov 26· 2017) 
14:00-17:00.TICKET: 12 EURO, 

Dishad Otham (Activist and IT security engineer, SY/US), Aymenn Al-Tamimi (Jihad-Intel Research Fellow at the Middle East Forum, SY/UK).

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