The implications of social media on UAE national security: A Study of the potential threats and opportunities

  • Abdullah Mohammed Al Blooshi

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


days, the negative security implications of social media have become the mainstream of the major events in the world as it poses serious threats to state interest and national security. Essentially, the events of the Arab Spring, and the majority of world riots and protests have recorded the depth of this relationship between the social media, security implications and those events. Indeed, social media have become a source for the promotion of a culture of extremism and violence, revealing the ideology of radicals, extremists and terrorists. Today, the negative role of social media is increasing as a result of a number of manipulative factors. The most far-reaching weapons available for their influence on mass consciousness is more being used, by political forces of numerous nations, and global religious organizations in order to artificially widen the gap between societies, and sometimes even to incite extreme forms of hatred. Attempts are being made to encourage the increased energy of aggression in groups on both sides of arguments to cause a political crisis or even a civil war. This research here addresses the term national security in relation with the public security interconnected with state stability, respectively it study and analyses the potential threats and opportunities introduced by this new form of media. The major sections of this research outline the impacts of social media networks on national security, which relates to the stability of state and public safety. The research will shed light on the best intelligence and global strategies used to mitigate and respond to those threats that violate the laws, encourage violence, chaos, spread of sedition, and corruption in society. The absence of systematic techniques and reliable strategies to tackle these threats has added heavy challenges to national security during the growth and high penetration of social media. Global statistics show there are 1,856,680, 860 active social networks users with 26% of social media penetration. (Wearesocial, 2014) The research identified that United Arab Emirates requires a reliable strategy to best serve its nation's security, particularly as UAE has the highest social media penetration rate in the world (equal to 80%), and the highest mobile penetration (252%), while the average time users spend on social media each day is 3 hours and 17 minutes. (Wearesocial, 2014) The research will essentially review different literature, research, and project publications, to answer the research questions. Based on findings the research will propose an operational strategy to enhance national security use of social media to protect the country and to address the potential threat that destabilizes nation's security and destroys the stability of society.
Date of Award2015
Original languageAmerican English


  • implications of social media
  • UAE national security

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