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GNET Research Digest – December 2020

GNET Research Digest – December 2020
19th December 2020 GNET Team
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Welcome to the December 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

Burton, Joe and Lain, Clare (14 December 2020). “Desecuritising Cybersecurity: Towards a Societal Approach.” Journal of Cyber Policy.

Russell, Jill and de Orellana, Pablo (9 December 2020). “Public Communications Leadership: #CrisisComms and the Manchester Arena Attack.” The RUSI Journal.

Jigsaw (December 2020). “The Violent White Supremacy Issue.” The Current.

Mehran, Weeda et al. (7 December 2020). “The Depiction of Women in Jihadi Magazines: A Comparative Analysis of Islamic State, Al Qaeda, Taliban and Tahrik-e Taliban Pakistan.” Small Wars & Insurgencies.

News Articles

D’Anastasio, Cecilia (8 December 2020). “The Christchurch Shooter and YouTube’s Radicalization Trap.” Wired.

Campbell, Zach et al. (10 December 2020). “Sci-fi Surveillance: Europe’s Secretive Push into Biometric Technology.” The Guardian.

Espinoza, Javier (10 December 2020). “EU to tell Big Tech to Police Internet or Face Large Fines.” The Financial Times.

Lomas, Natasha (16 December 2020). “Facebook to Move UK Users out of EU’s Privacy Jurisdiction Next Year, Post-Brexit.” Tech Crunch.

Zimmerman, Max (29 November 2020). “QAnon’s Rise in Japan Shows Conspiracy Theory’s Global Spread.” Bloomberg.

Pandith, Farah (11 December 2020). “Female Extremists in QAnon and ISIS are on the Rise. We Need a new Strategy to Combat Them.” NBC News.

Bell, Stewart (7 December 2020). “Neo-Nazis, Extremists Capitalizing on COVID-19, Declassified CSIS Documents Say.” Global News.

BBC (9 December 2020). “France Radical Islamists: Cabinet Backs Law Targeting Extremism.”


Sumpter, Cameron (18 December 2020). “Deradicalisation by Videoconference.”

Guhl, Jakob (17 December 2020). “‘Crisis and a Loss of Control’- Digital Extremism in German-Speaking Countries During the COVID-19 Crisis.”

Adebiyi, Kayode (16 December 2020). “Mitigating the Impact of Media Reporting of Terrorism.”

Yilmaz, Kamil (15 December 2020). “Claiming and Glorifying Environmental Terrorism Online: The Case of PKK’s ‘Children of Fire Initiative’.”

Waldek, Lise et al. (14 December 2020). “After Christchurch: Mapping Online Right-Wing Extremists.”

McCloud, Victoria (10 December 2020). “Paved With Good Intentions: How the EU Legislative Process has Placed Internet Voluntary Counter Extremism Near the Edge of the Legal Wilderness.”

Micheron, Hugo (9 December 2020). “Praising Jihadist Attacks on TikTok and the Challenge of Protecting Youths from Online Extremism.”

Taneja, Kabir and Ray, Trisha (8 December 2020). “The Sudden Rise of Indian Tech Platforms: Are they Prepared for the Challenge of Online Extremism?”

Scrivens, Ryan et al. (7 December 2020). “Assessing the Impact of U.S. Presidential Election Results on Extreme Right-Wing Mobilisation Online.”

Kim, Heejin (4 December 2020). “Cyber Surveillance Technology, Unchecked- Can the Global Export Control Regime be a Stabiliser?”

Pfeifer, Hanna (3 December 2020). “Why Academic Struggles Over Words Matter.”

Schlegel, Linda (2 December 2020). “Of Challengers and Socialisers: How User Types Moderate the Appeal of Extremist Gamified Applications.”