SAVE Supporting Document: Leaving the Gang

Logging Off and Moving On

November 28, 2011


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Radicalization and Extremism

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Why do people leave a group that they have been a member of? What do they do to leave their group? What role, if any, do the use of social media and the Internet play in this process? These questions and more are addressed in this paper, which is a follow-on to the Summit Against Violent Extremism (SAVE) held by Google Ideas and CFR in Dublin in June 2011.

This paper was commissioned by Google Ideas. The content and opinions expressed in the paper are the authors' own.

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