Constructing cyberterrorism as a security threat:A study of international news media coverage

Jarvis, Lee, Macdonald, Stuart and Whiting, Andrew (2015) Constructing cyberterrorism as a security threat:A study of international news media coverage. Perspectives on Terrorism, 9 (1). pp. 60-75. ISSN 2334-3745

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Abstract

This article examines the way in which the English language international news media has constructed the threat of cyberterrorism. Analysing 535 news items published by 31 different media outlets across 7 countries between 2008 and 2013, we show that this coverage is uneven in terms of its geographical and temporal distribution and that its tone is predominantly apprehensive. The article argues that, regardless of the ‘reality’ of the cyberterrorism threat, this coverage is important because it helps to constitute cyberterrorism as a security risk. Paying attention to this constitutive role of the news media, we suggest, opens up a fresh set of research questions in this context and a different theoretical approach to the study of cyberterrorism.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: cyberterrorism,media,news,terrorism,internet,threat,security,insecurity,stuxnet
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2015 06:13
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2020 23:42
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/52246
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