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Weaponising social networks: Sri Lanka attacks mark birth of terrorism 3.0

Terrorism 3.0 will continue to spread like a global cancer, enhanced by the accelerative power of the internet.

Sri Lanka blasts
Sri Lankan air force officers and clergy stand outside St. Anthony's Shrine | Photo: PTI

Until the other day, few Americans could likely find Sri Lanka on a map, nor even dimly remember its British colonial name, Ceylon. But the Indian Ocean nation flashed across news screens over the Easter weekend with a highly sophisticated and lethal series of bombings across the island nation of some 20 million. The attacks were probably inspired, encouraged and possibly assisted by the so-called Islamic State, and — on a population adjusted basis — amounted to a 9/11 level attack on a multicultural and multireligious state, killing more than 320 people thus far across nine ...