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GNET Research Digest – April 2020

GNET Research Digest – April 2020
24th April 2020 GNET Team
In Research Digest

Welcome to the April edition of the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET) research digest.

Your digest contains a selection of relevant news, research, academic journal articles, and GNET Insights relating to terrorist use of technology.

Academic Papers

Smith, Melanie et al. (21 April 2020). “The COVID-19 “Infodemic”.” Graphika.

Sugihartati, Rahma et al. (3 April 2020). “The Shift from Consumers to Prosumers: Susceptibility of Young Adults to Radicalization.”  Social Sciences.

Wimberly, Cory (18 April 2020). “Propaganda and the Nihilism of the Alt-Right.” Radical Philosophy Review.

Hoffman, Bruce et al. (19 April 2020). “Assessing the Threat of Incel Violence.” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.

News Articles

Perrigo, Billy (8 April 2020). “White Supremacist Groups Are Recruiting With Help From Coronavirus- and a Popular Messaging App.” TIME.

Speckhard, Anne (16 April 2020). “Is Internet Recruitment Enough to Seduce a Vulnerable Individual into Terrorism?” Modern Diplomacy.

Pantucci, Raffaello (22 April 2020). “After the Coronavirus, Terrorism Won’t Be The Same.” Foreign Policy.

Quinn, Ben (12 April 2020). “Facebook Acts to Halt Far-Right Groups Linking Covid-19 to 5G.” The Guardian.

Kaul, Ayushman (20 April 2020). “Terrorgram: A Community Built on Hate.” Medium.

Williams, Clive (15 April 2020). “Terrorism in the Era of Covid-19.” The Strategist.

Kelly, Annie (7 April 2020). “Who Goes Alt-Right in a Lockdown?” The New York Times.

Allam, Hannah (16 April 2020). “‘A Perfect Storm’: Extremists Look for Ways to Exploit Coronavirus Pandemic.” NPR.

Plummer, Kate (17 April 2020). “Tiktok Investigates Far-Right Infiltration as Hate Videos Rack Up Nearly a Million Views.” Scram News.

Fildes, Nic et al. (16 April 2020). “How a 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Spread Across Europe.” Financial Times.


Sold, Manjana (23 April 2020). “The Amalgamation of Virtuality and Reality in Radicalisation Processes.”

Clarke, Colin and Turner, Lilianna (22 April 2020). “The ‘Incel’ Ideology Continues to Build a Strong Following in the Online ‘Manosphere’.”

Bellaiche, Julien (21 April 2020). “Online Antisemitism in Times of COVID-19.”

Meleagrou-Hitchens, Alexander and Crawford, Blyth (21 April 2020). “5G and the Far Right: How Extremists Capitalise on Coronavirus Conspiracies.”

Leidig, Eviane (15 April 2020). “”CoronaJihad”: How the Far-Right in India is Responding to the Pandemic.”

Al-Tamimi, Aymenn (15 April 2020). “Coronavirus and Official Islamic State Output: An Analysis.”

Taneja, Kabir (14 April 2020). “Islamic State Propaganda in India.”

Sold, Manjana and Süß, Clara-Auguste (8 April 2020). “Coronavirus as a Means to an End: Extremist Reinterpretations of the Pandemic.”

Argentino, Marc-André and Amarasingam, Amarnath (8 April 2020). “The COVID Conspiracy Files.”

Allchorn, William (6 April 2020). “Cumulative Extremism Online: How Moral and Strategic Aims Predict Narrative Escalation.”

Schlegel, Linda (3 April 2020). “War Isn’t Hell; It’s Entertainment”: The Potential Role of Video Games in Radicalisation Processes.”

Bogerts, Lisa and Fielitz, Maik (31 March 2020). “The Visual Culture of Far-Right Terrorism.”