Internet connectivity and domestic terrorism in democracies

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Scopus citations


Through case study analyses a small body of research has focused on the role the internet plays in radicalizing potential lone wolf terrorists. However, scholars have yet to examine how internet connectivity influences terrorism cross-nationally. Thus, this project attempts to address that limitation. This paper examines the effect internet connectivity has on domestic terrorism in 80 democracies from 1992–2012. Using standard controls and multiple connectivity indicators, we find that greater connectivity is associated with increased domestic terrorism. However, the effects of internet connectivity on domestic terrorism are conditioned by levels of state wealth and domestic turmoil within democracies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-219
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Sociology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 3 2020


  • Terrorism
  • democracy
  • domestic terrorism
  • internet connectivity
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Internet connectivity and domestic terrorism in democracies'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this