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(KSL News) -- Global terrorism is the focus of a unique endeavor that's brought experts from across the country to the University of Utah.
In the first of several presentations, an Al Qaeda expert who advised the Baker-Hamilton Iraq study group, said America is behind the curve in using the Internet to counter hate and terrorism.
Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University: "This has been one of the greatest missed opportunities in the war, simply because we don't understand the enemy. We don't understand how they communicate."
Conference organizers are breaking new ground bringing scholars from different disciplines to address a global problem.
Prof. Wayne McCormick, University of Utah: "These groupings are coming together in ways we think really do represent the future of higher education."
The Institute of Public and International Affairs hopes to produce a collection of research that will help policy makers.