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February 26, 2014. Cyberspace is a potent breeding ground for Islamophobia, giving voice to extremists and a range of negative representation of Islam and Muslims. The Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik posted his anti-Islamic manifesto on the Internet, including a Youtube video. Numerous websites are devoted to attacking Islam, at times claiming only to be against “extremist” Islam, such as “Jihad Watch” by Robert Spencer. As an anthropologist who has conducted ethnographic research among Muslims in Yemen, Egypt and Qatar and as a historian of Islamic history, Daniel Varisco offered his suggestions on ways to counteract the cyber “khutzpa” of Islamophobia. He discussed the online journal CyberOrient, which he founded in 2006, as an academic forum to assess the role of the Internet and social media in the contemporary world.