In recent years, few things have had as profound an impact on the daily lives of millions of people as international terrorism. The ongoing and relentlessly evolving threat of terrorism has left vulnerable those things that were once considered safe. In an age of mass information, a new generation of terrorists has emerged that, by exploiting the power and anonymity of the internet, have endowed themselves with more invasive, proselytising and lethal powers than in the past.
Al Qaida (AQ) and particularly Daesh are now the major trending topics in traditional and digital media, and not merely side points of the main news stories. Their capacity to exploit global communication tools has grown exponentially, enabling them to expand by recruiting young generations of affiliates motivated both by resentment created through a lack of integration and by their keen desire for violent reaffirmation. [...]