Roderick Jones is a security consultant based in the USA. Prior to this he served for eight years as a detective with Scotland Yard’s Special Branch (recently renamed the Counter-Terrorism Command). He advises a wide variety of organizations on their strategic security development.

Since 2005, he has been conducting independent research into the potential misuse of virtual communities by terrorists and the “virtualization of terrorism”. He has published some of these thoughts on the Counterterrorism Blog where he is a contributing expert.

Roderick earned his Master’s degree at Cambridge University and conducted PhD research at both London University and UC Berkeley into intelligence and security policy. He can be contacted at:


David Grundy is a Program Leader at Newcastle Business School in the UK. David’s main research interests are the strategic management of virtual goods in persistent online worlds, and he is currently studying for a PhD in this area. He can be contacted at :


Further authors are welcomed for this blog - please email Roderick Jones if you wish to contribute.