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  • Feb212024

    Tech Triumphs or Terrors: The Implications of Emerging Technologies on Bioterrorism

    Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic served as a stark reminder of the profound impact that biological threats can have on global…

  • Feb192024

    AI Jihad: Deciphering Hamas, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State’s Generative AI Digital Arsenal

    Note: This Insight is a preliminary exploration and forms part of a broader research paper currently in development. The full…

  • Feb152024

    A Deadly Trifecta: Disinformation Networks, AI Memetic Warfare, and Deepfakes

    Content Warning: The following article includes disturbing and offensive AI-generated images.   Introduction Generative AI technologies are rapidly advancing and transforming…

  • Feb132024

    Indonesia’s Troubled Democracy: Navigating Disinformation and Extremism During Elections

    Introduction On 14 February, Indonesia will host the world’s largest single-day elections as nearly 205 million voters and 250,000 candidates…

  • Feb122024

    Indonesian Terrorists’ Attempts to Interfere with the 2024 Indonesian Election

    Introduction Indonesian terrorist organisations have weakened significantly in the past five years. Due to the mass arrest of terrorist suspects…

  • Feb082024

    Grooming for Violence: Similarities Between Radicalisation and Grooming Processes in Gaming Spaces

    Rachel Kowert and Elizabeth D. Kilmer are members of the Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN). The EGRN works together…

  • Feb052024

    AI Caliphate: The Creation of Pro-Islamic State Propaganda Using Generative AI 

    Introduction Research continues to study how terrorist organisations exploit, or could potentially exploit, artificial intelligence (AI) for recruitment, propagandising, online…

  • Feb012024

    Pakistan Under Threat: Why ISKP’s Online Campaign Against Pakistan is a Global Concern

    Introduction The Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) has increasingly focused on Pakistan in its online propaganda campaigns in recent months.…

  • Jan302024

    Telegram’s Role in Amplifying Tehreek-e-Taliban’s Umar Media Propaganda and Sympathiser Outreach

    Introduction Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is an Islamist terrorist group that operates under the umbrella of the Afghan Taliban (AT) along…

  • Jan262024

    Data Collection in Online Terrorism and Extremism Research: Future Directions

    Introduction The role of the Internet in facilitating violent extremism and terrorism is a primary concern for many researchers, practitioners,…

  • Jan252024

    Navigating Far-Right Extremism in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

    In today’s digital age, as artificial intelligence (AI) technologies become ever more integral to our everyday lives, understanding the conversations…

  • Jan222024

    Harnessing Peacetech for Socio-Political Resilience in Benin

    Introduction In May 2019, Benin suffered its first major incursion by violent Islamist extremists –likely linked to the quickly expanding…

  • Jan192024

    764: The Intersection of Terrorism, Violent Extremism, and Child Sexual Exploitation

    Content warning: this Insight contains references to child sexual exploitation and violence Introduction On 12 September 2023, the FBI made…

  • Jan182024

    The Midgård Leak: Exposing The Global Business Of The Far Right 

    Introduction On 4 December 2023, a new website by a group of Stockholm-based antifascist activists went live. Serving the single…

  • Jan152024

    Kenya’s Twin Burden: Balancing the Security of Tech Infrastructure Against its Role in Online Extremism

    Introduction While terrorists commonly exploit online platforms for radicalisation, planning, fundraising, organising, and even executing attacks, a puzzling emerging trend…

  • Jan122024

    Channelling Protests: How Anti-Democratic Actors in Germany Mobilise via Telegram

    Introduction March 2020 was a watershed moment for the protest scene in Germany. A dizzying array of actors mobilised in…

  • Jan102024

    Slipping Through the Cracks: Recognising Extremist Misogyny Outside of Inceldom 

    Introduction  The ‘manosphere’ is defined as “an umbrella term that refers to a number of interconnected misogynistic communities”. The most well-known…

  • Jan082024

    The Islamic State’s South Asian Branches are Spearheading an Anti-China Campaign

    Introduction China’s domestic policy in Xinjiang and its expanding international influence — particularly its growing footprint in the Muslim world…

  • Jan052024

    The Role of Far-Right Media Houses and Organisations in Disseminating Hindu Nationalist ‘Love Jihad’ Narratives on X

    Introduction The fear of ‘love jihad’ has spread among the Hindutva nationalist community in recent years. Love jihad, the accusation…

  • Jan032024

    Mapping Hindutva Discourse in India: Exploring ‘Love Jihad’ Narratives on X

    Introduction Over the last year, Indian politics has been infested with debates around ‘love jihad’ – the alleged Muslim mission…

  • Dec222023

    Pro-Taliban Media Campaign Highlights Regional Threats to Afghanistan’s Neighbours

    Introduction One online media campaign frequently expresses views that are consistent with those held among top policymakers in the Taliban…

  • Dec212023

    The Vitalisation of Hindu Nationalism in Nepal and Social Media as a Tool of Pro-Hindutva Propaganda Overseas

    Introduction India’s influence on the rise of Hindu nationalism in Nepal has steadily grown under the leadership of Narendra Modi’s…

  • Dec182023

    Hezbollah’s Online Battleground: Military Media Unit’s Narratives on Telegram 

    Introduction Since 7 October, war has been raging in the Gaza Strip, as Hamas and Israel fight each other in…

  • Dec152023

    Artificial Intelligence as a Terrorism Enabler? Understanding the Potential Impact of Chatbots and Image Generators on Online Terrorist Activities

    Introduction The launch of ChatGPT and Midjourney in 2022 marked a significant breakthrough in artificial intelligence (AI) development. Due to…

  • Dec132023

    Exploit and Evade to Remain and Expand: The Cross-Platform Evasion Toolbox of Islamic State Supporters

    Introduction ‘News outlets’ named ‘Media Site,’ ‘World News’, and ‘Breaking News’ are the next generation of platform exploitation tactics by…

  • Dec112023

    Can’t Stand the Heat?: Best Practices and Institutional Responsibilities to Safeguard Extremism Researchers

    Introduction In May 2023, the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET) hosted its Third Annual Conference at King’s College…

  • Dec082023

    Learning from the Leavers? The Promise (and Perils) of r/IncelExit 

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Dec072023

    The Woman Question in Online Extremism and P/CVE in Kenya: Toward a New Gendered Approach

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Dec062023

    Weapon or Tool?: How the Tech Community Can Shape Robust Standards and Norms for AI, Gender, and Peacebuilding

    Introduction In October, following earlier remarks that artificial intelligence (AI) poses “enormous potential and enormous danger,” President Biden issued a…

  • Dec052023

    The Right Fit: How Active Club Propaganda Attracts Women to the Far-Right

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Dec042023

    ‘A Noble Muslimah Stays Home’: Piety Construction and Gendered Narratives among Young Indonesian Women on Instagram and TikTok

    Introduction  There are myriad ways in which women engage in extremist ideologies, including Islamist extremism and fundamentalism. Across regions, entrenched…

  • Dec012023

    How Women-Led CSOs are Leveraging I-KHUB Technology for Gender-Driven Prevention Efforts in Indonesia

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Nov302023

    The Great Replacement in the Manosphere: Implications for Terrorism

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Nov292023

    Gender Dynamics and Online Spaces: The Case of the Islamic State

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Nov282023

    Online Gendered Narratives, LGBTQI+ Targeting, and the Far-Right in Australia and the UK

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Nov272023

    Men, Masculinities and Memes: The Case of Incels

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

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