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GNET Research Digest – October 2020

GNET Research Digest – October 2020
30th October 2020 GNET Team
In Research Digest

Welcome to the October 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

Scrivens, Ryan et al. (26 October 2020). “Examining the Developmental Pathways of Online Posting Behavior in Violent Right-Wing Extremist Forums.” Terrorism and Political Violence.

Höflinger, Tim (5 October 2020). “Modern Terrorism: Motives of Individual Terrorists or the Strategies of Terrorist Groups?” Global Change, Peace & Security.

Meserve, Stephen and Pemstein, Daniel (29 October 2020). “Terrorism and Internet Censorship.” Journal of Peace Research.

Byerly, Carolyn (4 October 2020). “Incels Online Reframing Sexual Violence.” The Communication Review.

Ahmed, Reem and Pisoiu, Daniela (13 October 2020). “Uniting the Far Right: How the Far-Right Extremist, New Right, and Populist Frames Overlap on Twitter- a German Case Study.” European Societies.

News Articles

Katwala, Amit (1 October 2020). “Reddit Bots Are Hunting Down Racists, One Post at a Time.” Wired.

Greenspan, Rachel (21 October 2020). “Vimeo Removes Some QAnon Conspiracy Theory Videos After YouTube Crackdown.” Insider.

Yurieff, Kaya (12 October 2020). “YouTube CEO Won’t Say if Company Will Ban QAnon.” CNN.

Knaus, Christopher et al. (7 October 2020). “Facebook’s QAnon Ban Omits High-Profile Australians Linked to Conspiracy Theory.” The Guardian.

Brewster, Thomas (14 October 2020). “‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ but for Terror Attacks: Game Trains Police to get Facebook Data Fast.” Forbes.

Vincent, James (6 October 2020). “Etsy Removes Proud Boy Merchandise.” The Verge.

Spring, Marianna (6 October 2020). “Facebook Bans QAnon Conspiracy Theory Accounts Across All Platforms.” BBC.

Braun, Elisa and Kayali, Laura (19 October 2020). “French Terror Attack Highlights Social Media Policing Gaps.” Politico.

Sardarizadeh, Shayan (12 October 2020). “What’s Behind the Rise of QAnon in the UK?” BBC.

Stephen, Bijan (5 October 2020). “Twitch Clarifies its Ban on Terrorism and Extremist Content.” The Verge.

GNET Report

Schroeter, Marie (28 September 2020). “Artificial Intelligence and Countering Violent Extremism: A Primer.”


Walsh, Patrick (30 October 2020). “Rethinking Bioterrorism Post COVID-19.”

Stall, Hampton et al. (29 October 2020). “What’s in a Meme? The Rise of “Saint Kyle”.”

Scrivens, Ryan et al. (28 October 2020). “Examining the Developmental Pathways of Online Posting Behaviour in Violent Right-Wing Extremist Forums.”

Nsaibia, Héni and Lyammouri, Rida (27 October 2020). “Digital Dunes and Shrublands: A Comparative Introduction to the Sahelian Jihadi Propaganda Ecosystem.” 

Daymon, Chelsea (26 October 2020). “LOL Extremism: Humour in Online Extremist Content.”

Mohsina, Nazneen (22 October 2020). “Hindutva Vigilantism: Online Hate, Offline Harms.”

Krona, Michael (21 October 2020). “Revisiting the Ecosystem of Islamic State’s ‘Virtual Caliphate’.”

Jardin, Antoine (19 October 2020). “French Jihadism on the Internet: A Quantitative Overview.”

Rezrazi, El Mostafa (16 October 2020). “Jihadi Media and Online Secrecy as Doctrinal Values.”

Koch, Ariel (14 October 2020). “Online White Supremacy: Looking for a Place to Spread Hate in the Age of Multiple Communication Platforms.”

Junk, Julian and Süß, Clara-Auguste (12 October 2020). “Macron’s Plan for Fighting Islamist Radicalisation- Offline.”

Pearson, Elizabeth and Davies, Chantelle (9 October 2020). “Lessons for 2020 from the Islamic State Online Fanclub.”

Hutchinson, Jade (7 October 2020). “A Comparison of Australian and Canadian Right-Wing Extremist Facebook Group Pages.”

Thomas, Elise (5 October 2020). “Conspiracy Extremism and Digital Complexity-  Where to Start?”

Yang Hui, Jennifer and Newton, Jordan (2 October 2020). “Toxic #Cybercampaigns: The Muslim Cyber Army versus Militant Pluralism.” 

Keen, Florence (1 October 2020). “Online Subcultures and the Challenges of Moderation.”