The Consequences of Right-Wing Extremism on the Internet
Coordinating Extremist Events
Countless computer users now use the Internet to coordinate their
offline activities. They take advantage of the speed of online
communication, using the Internet to draw people to spur-of-the-moment
gatherings in a way that slower, more traditional forms of communication
could not. In addition, they use the Net like a bulletin board, posting
notes on electronic message boards and E-mail mailing lists. Anyone from
anywhere around the world can read and respond to such messages, at any
time of the day or night.
Today, going online is the quickest and easiest way
to find out about most extremist events, some of which may be advertised
solely on the Internet. A few right-wing extremist Web sites, such as Stormfront,
compile listings of upcoming events sponsored by a variety of
organizations, and news about events often spreads from one extremist
E-mail mailing list to another.
Going a step further than simply listing events,
some extremists use the Internet to actively manage those events.
Two significant manifestations of this trend involve