Evan F. Kohlmann
Flashpoint Global Partners, New York, NY USA
Evan Kohlmann is a private sector International Terrorism Consultant who has spent over a decade tracking Al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations. During the course of his research, Mr. Kohlmann has amassed one of the largest and most extensive open source databases in the world of original documents, communiques, and multimedia. He is currently a Senior Partner at Flashpoint Global Partners. He has also served at various times as a contract consultant in terrorism matters on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Office of the High Representative (OHR) in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTFY) at the Hague, the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the U.K. Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Scotland Yard's SO-15 Counter Terrorism Command, the Central Scotland Police, West Yorkshire Police, and the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET).
Mr. Kohlmann will speak about, The Antisocial Network: Countering the Use of Online Social Networking Technologies by Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
In the last several years, new channels have emerged for terrorist recruitment, financing, and propaganda – social media sites. Terrorists are exploiting these social media platforms – to include YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as an array of chat forums – to attract followers, including U.S. citizens, who are sympathetic to violent extremism. These individuals are subsequently using social media sites to connect with other like-minded individuals, discuss their plans, and radicalize others. In this presentation, NBC News analyst and government consultant Evan Kohlmann will discuss how collecting and analyzing information from social media sites can facilitate the identification of potential terrorists, their linkages, and their intentions.