I have just printed my PhD thesis for submission to the University of Cambridge. The title is ‘Militant Islamist radicalisation: does the Internet atomise?’. The following is a summary of the thesis extracted from part of the summary. In a nutshell, I was exploring how ideas traverse the Internet.Read more "PhD thesis summary"
Studies in Conflict & Terror, the foremost peer-reviewed journal in its field (edited by Bruce Hoffman), has just published my article “The Internet, the Perpetual Beta, and the State: The Long View of the New Medium”. This follows on from an earlier article I published in the journal in 2007, and introduces what I believe […]Read more "“The Internet, the Perpetual Beta, and the State: The Long View of the New Medium”"
Brief teaser of data mining and statistical analysis: The graphs below are from a small part of the dataset provided of harvested forums.Read more "Teaser of research on memes and atomization in webforums"
The new book, A History of the Internet and the Digital Future, is due in September 010. While I’m waiting for that I’ve been wrapping up my PhD work. And I think I now have answers – at least, almost final answers. Or at least some pre-almost-final answers. Since 2005 various Governments of EU Member […]Read more "Internet is Fecund but Hazardous (PhD –> the gyst)"
Terror, The State, The Perpetual Beta, and The Internet: The Long View of the New Medium – Johnny Ryan from Johnny Ryan on Vimeo. Terror, The State, The Perpetual Beta, and The Internet: The Long View of the New Medium – Johnny Ryan from Johnny Ryan on Vimeo. Speech by Johnny Ryan at the Study […]Read more "My talk at RUSI on “Terror, The State, The Perpetual Beta, and The Internet: The Long View of the New Medium”"
I am examining how certain phrases crop up in vBulletin web forums to see how ideas spread among Internet audiences over time. I’m having problems and suggestions are welcome. (Update: to see how this research worked out, see this post)Read more "Data mining (help!)"
I spoke at the European Commission Public Private Dialogue to fight online illegal activities, Brussels, 27 November 2009. My talk below…Read more "Speech at European Commission public private dialogue."