The Islamic sect Boko Haram and their leader Abubakar Shekau are all over the news. The terrorist group from Northern Nigeria has been active at least since 2009. Most recently the group has garnered international attention after it abducted 230 schoolgirls on April 16th. Only 43 have escaped. Nigerians have been very vocal, protesting their government’s lack of effectiveness in finding the schoolgirls and subduing Boko Haram.
In reading news clipping from this story, I realized that what we see happening in Nigeria is one particular example of a phenomenon that will in all likelihood be repeated globally over the next several years. There will be more attacks from terrorist groups. There will be more bombings. There will be more abductions. And it is not because of Islam. It is because of what computer networks have done to societies in the 21st century.