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NBC News report on domestic extremists cites Squire

Megan Squire, professor of computer science, was among those featured in the piece who are tracking domestic terrorism online. 

A recent NBC News piece focused on the lack on resources being dedicated to tracking the online activities of domestic extremists notes the work of Professor of Computer Science Megan Squire. 

The report notes the work of groups and activists who are committed to monitoring online sources for threats of violence as a method of combating white nationalists and other extremist groups. Among those is Squire, who the report notes "recently found a detailed manifesto targeting Muslims on Telegram, an encrypted communication app once preferred by Islamist extremists and now much used by supremacists."

Squire alerted the app, and also sent the information to the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. She archived the manifesto as part oof a collection she's making related to her research. 

Of the group, Squire told NBC News that "These guys have almost no political power, they're backed into a corner, but what they do have is guns. It needs more attention by professionals."

Read the entire report here

Owen Covington,
Staff
5/21/2019 1:40 PM