Conflict Expansion in an Information Rich Society: Feasibility of Corrective Actions
The probability, power, and influence of terrorist attacks are increasing with growing access to information and material resources. This paper investigates the character of this relationship. Is it evolutionary, allowing to take measures when the situation indicates that the level of resources is too high and it is time to take a more restrictive approach? Or could it be an outbreak that would leave no way back after a certain level of resources would have been exceeded? The paper presents a simulation framework and experiments designed to answer these questions. The findings indicate that the results of terrorism activities can potentially start spreading very fast with the growing amount of information and material resources in individuals’ hands, allowing no point of return. These results may be useful when designing political, social and technical systems to prevent terrorism.
KeywordsSimulation Environment Material Resource Terrorist Attack Simulation Sequence Agent Property
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