Dr Maura Conway

About Dr Maura Conway

Dr Maura Conway is a researcher and lecturer in the School of Law and Government at DCU. Her main research interest in is social media and violent extremism. As principal investigator, she oversees VOX-Pol, a major EU FP7-funded academic network focused on researching the prevalence, contours, functions, and impacts of violent online political extremism.

She is interested in how extremists use social media, not just as a communication tool between individuals but as a propaganda tool. With so few traditional journalists on the ground in places like Syria, citizen journalism plays an important role and IS is doing what could be considered a form of journalism,