Yannick Veilleux-Lepage

University of St Andrews PhD candidate appearing on Panel 6: Social Media — The New Media Actor Dec. 3, 8:30–10:00

Yannick Veilleux-Lepage is a PhD candidate at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where his research focuses on the emergence and use of new technologies and techniques by terrorist groups.

For his doctoral thesis, Veilleux-Lepage is developing a framework that uses evolutionary theory to examine the emergence of political violence techniques associated with terrorism. In addition to his doctoral research, he is researching the creation of online narratives that foster terrorism, with a particular focus on the Islamic State’s use of social media, and on the role of social media in fostering transnational links between Canadian and European anti-migrant/vigilante groups, such as the Soldiers of Odin.

Veilleux-Lepage will present on Sunday, Dec. 3 between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. as part of the Social Media — The New Media Actor panel. Borrowing concepts from network theories and consumer microeconomic theory, he will overview the structure of the Islamic State’s propaganda production and dissemination strategy, focusing on media production operatives, primary distributors, and unaffiliated sympathisers.