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GNET Research Digest – April 2021

GNET Research Digest – April 2021
5th May 2021 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.

GNET Report

Henshaw, Alexis (29 March 2021). “Bringing Women, Peace and Security Online: Mainstreaming Gender in Responses to Online Extremism.”

Academic Papers

Argentino, Marc-André et al. (30 April 2021). “Far From Gone: The Evolution of Extremism in the First 100 Days of the Biden Administration.” ICSR.

Saltman, Erin et al. (30 March 2021). “New Models for Deploying Counterspeech: Measuring Behavioral Change and Sentiment Analysis.” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.

Mustafa, Fatima (22 April 2021). “Can Cellphone Shutdowns Stop Terrorist Violence? Evidence from Pakistan.” Terrorism and Political Violence.

Malet, David (26 April 2021). “Countering Violent Extremism: Assessment in Theory and Practice.” Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism.

Askanius, Tina (29 April 2021). “Women in the Nordic Resistance Movement and Their Online Media Practices: Between Internalised Misogyny and “Embedded Feminism”.” Feminist Media Strategies.

Hutchinson, Jade et al. (30 March 2021). “Mobilizing Extremism Online: Comparing Australian and Canadian Right-Wing Extremist Groups on Facebook.” Behavioural Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression.

Koehler, Daniel (26 April 2021). “Disengaging from Left-Wing Terrorism and Extremism: Field Experiences from Germany and Research Gaps.” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.

Lakomy, Miron (21 April 2021). “Listening to the “Voice of Islam”: The Turkestan Islamic Party’s Online Propaganda Strategy.” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.

Haugstvedt, Havard (26 April 2021). “The Right’s Time to Fly?” The RUSI Journal.

News Articles

Gilbert, David (19 April 2021). “A QAnon Gang Kidnapped an 8-Year-Old Girl and Planned More Abductions.” Vice.

Daalder, Marc (21 April 2021). “Countering Dominant Narratives of NZ’s Far Right.” Newsroom.

Venkataramakrishnan, Siddharth and Murphy, Hannah (14 April 2021). “Quitting QAnon: Why it is so Difficult to Abandon a Conspiracy Theory.” Financial Times.

Bergengruen, Vera (16 April 2021). “QAnon Candidates are Winning Local Elections. Can They be Stopped?” Time.

Dearden, Lizzie (19 April 2021). “Atomwaffen Division: UK to ban US-Based Neo-Nazi Group as Terrorist Organisation.” The Independent.

Allyn, Bobby (5 April 2021). “Group-Chat App Discord Says it Banned More Than 2,000 Extremist Communities.” NPR.

Cole, Samantha (13 April 2021). “The Crusade Against Pornhub is Going to get Someone Killed.” Vice.

Barrett, Brian (9 April 2021). “A Far-Right Extremist Allegedly Plotted to Blow Up Amazon Data Centres.” Wired.

Chrisafis, Angelique (28 April 2021). “France Planning to Allow use of Algorithms to Detect Extremism Online.” The Guardian.

Guynn, Jessica (29 April 2021). “Is Amazon Recommending Books on QAnon and White Nationalism? Browsing Books Can Lead to Extremist Rabbit Hole.” USA Today.


Crawford, Blyth and Argentino, Marc-André (29 April 2021). “QAnon Women in Politics Part Two: QAnon Careers.”

Crawford, Blyth and Argentino, Marc-André (28 April 2021). “QAnon Women in Politics Part One: The QAnon Candidates.”

Kfir, Isaac (27 April 2021). “The Nexus Between Political Distrust and Online Extremism.”

Allchorn, William (26 April 2021). “From Gangs to Groupuscules & Solo-Actor Terrorism: New Zealand Far-Right Narratives and Counter-Narratives in the Context of the Christchurch Attack.”

Khalil, Lydia (23 April 2021). “Do Researchers Have an Obligation to Report Dangerous Actors?”

Iyer, Prithvi and Taneja, Kabir (21 April 2021). “Koo: India’s Latest Local Social Media Platform.”

Xiang, Teo Kai (19 April 2021). “Bridging the Gap Between Counterterrorism Research and Practice Through Game-Based Learning.”

Wicks, Sammie (15 April 2021). “The Conversation Between Salafi-Jihadists, the Hirak, and the Algerian State.”

Bassou, Abdelhak (13 April 2021). “Communication, Military and Medical Technologies: Assets to Protect Against the Designs of Violent Extremists.”

Jardin, Antoine (9 April 2021). “IS Perception of Far-Right and Far-Left Political Movements in the West.”

Close, Leanne (8 April 2021). “Online Behaviours – Real World Harms.”

Won, Ye Bin and Lewis, Jonathan (6 April 2021). “Male Supremacism, Borderline Content, and Gaps in Existing Moderation Efforts.”

Brace, Lewys (1 April 2021). “The Role of the Chans in the Far-Right Online Ecosystem.”

McDonald, Brody (31 March 2021). “How QAnon Reacts to Failed Predictions.”

Khalil, Lydia (30 March 2021). “Alternative Platforms and Alternative Recommendation Systems: A Case of the Australian Sovereign Citizen Movement on Telegram.”