Click here to read GNET's latest report Emergent Technologies and Extremists: The DWeb as a New Internet Reality?

Insights

Insights

  • Nov232022

    Cranking Out Violence: Conspiracies are Driving More Politically-Motivated Attacks 

    In the early hours of October 28th, Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was awoken by an assailant…

  • Nov182022

    Islamic State Supporters on Twitter: How is ‘New’ Twitter Handling an Old Problem? 

    The ‘Impersonation’ Insurgency  Elon Musk has launched a war on “impersonation.” While most of those in his sights are parodying…

  • Nov162022

    Hitting Rock Bottom: The Radicalising Potential of Celebrity Culture 

    In less than a month, Kanye West went from being one of the world’s most famous musicians and designers to…

  • Nov142022

    Islamic Translation Centre (ITC): Taking Al-Qaeda’s Media Jihad Global 

    Introduction  In the Salafi-Jihadist milieu, Al Qaeda (AQ) and the Islamic State (IS) are in competition to attract new supporters…

  • Nov112022

    Extremist Action in Digital Gaming Spaces: The Role of Identity Fusion

    Radicalisation, Extremism, and Digital Games Over the last few years, the topics of extremism and radicalisation have reached the forefront…

  • Nov102022

    ‘All my Heroes are Dead’: The Untimely Demise of The American Futurist – James Mason Partnership

    On 30 October, the prominent accelerationist website The American Futurist announced: “We are cutting ties with James Mason effective immediately.”…

  • Nov092022

    The Role of Perceived Injustice and Need for Esteem on Incel Membership Online

    Introduction Incels, or involuntary celibates, is an increasingly popular subculture of men nestled within the online misogynist and male supremacist…

  • Nov042022

    Social Media, Conspiracies, and Brazil’s Presidential Transition

    On October 30, 2022, Brazilians voted in a presidential election that was closely watched around the world. For scholars of…

  • Nov022022

    Understanding Eco-Fascism: A Thematic Analysis of the Eco-Fascist Subculture on Telegram

    ‘Eco-fascism’ gained much attention following the 2019 Christchurch and El Paso attacks, with both attackers fusing environmental degradation and overpopulation…

  • Oct312022

    Extremists are Seeping Back into the Mainstream: Algorithmic Detection and Evasion Tactics on Social Media Platforms

    As ISIS established its caliphate in 2014, its supporters flooded mainstream social media platforms to share propaganda, plan attacks, and…

  • Oct262022

    Ideological Leaderless Resistance in the Digital Age

    “As for my ideology, it’s hard to say” These are the words of a teenage terrorist who killed two in…

  • Oct242022

    Extreme Right Radicalisation of Children via Online Gaming Platforms

    The world is experiencing a new wave of far-right terrorism. There are concerning developments. First, the use of online gaming…

  • Oct192022

    Playing Against Radicalisation: Why Extremists are Gaming and How P/CVE Can Leverage the Positive Effects of Video Games to Prevent Radicalisation

    The potential nexus between gaming and extremism is an increasingly important concern for researchers, tech companies, policymakers, and practitioners working…

  • Oct172022

    The Venomous Rhetorical Web of Far-Right Terrorists

    On September 14, 2022, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs questioned current and former executives from…

  • Oct142022

    The Bratislava Attacks: Insights from the Shooter’s Manifesto

    On Wednesday 12 October 2022, two people were killed by a gunman outside an LGBT+ bar in Bratislava, Slovakia. The…

  • Oct122022

    The Taliban’s Use of Twitter as a Tool to Spread their Voice

    Introduction According to the principle of realism described by Noam Chomsky in his book Propaganda and the Public Mind, those…

  • Oct102022

    The Emerging Raw Food Movement and the ‘Great Reset’

    Introduction  Food has become an increasingly visible topic across far-right digital subcultures as well as the broader right-wing online ecosystem.…

  • Oct042022

    Nihilism and Mass Shooterism: Unclear Categories and Potential Dangers

    In 2022, public mass shootings continue to present a serious societal challenge in the US. This year has already experienced over…

  • Oct032022

    Extremist Influencers: Hyper- and Super-Posters in Extremist Forums

    Investigating Posting Behaviour in Extremist Online Spaces The growing concern over online extremist radicalisation has driven increased interest in the…

  • Sep272022

    Resurrecting the Reich: Middle Eastern and North African Digital Nazi Communities 

    In 1926, the first Nazi Party cell was set up in Alexandria, Egypt. It would soon be followed by one…

  • Sep212022

    The Role of User Agency in the Algorithmic Amplification of Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content

    There is an increasing focus by governments and certain concerned civil society initiatives that algorithms might be amplifying terrorist and…

  • Sep142022

    The Tate Storm: Why Banning Andrew Tate from Social Media Will Not Stop the ‘King of Toxic Masculinity’

    “This War has Just Begun”  In August 2022, UK-based advocacy group Hope Not Hate made waves when they successfully campaigned…

  • Sep122022

    Analysing Terrorgram Publications: A New Digital Zine

    Introduction “For every Accelerationist who contributed to this book, there are 10000 others who will download, read and become further…

  • Sep082022

    Right-Wing Extremists’ Use of the Internet: Emerging Trends in the Empirical Literature

    Introduction Close attention by journalists and policymakers to the widespread use of the Internet by violent Western (i.e., American, Canadian,…

  • Sep052022

    Can Serious Games Make a Difference in P/CVE?

    Video games and gamification have become key tools of extremist actors’ recruitment arsenal and have taken a central role in…

  • Aug312022

    The Time for e-Democracy is Now: How a Digitally Functional Democracy Could Prevent Extremist Accelerationism

    Online hate communities view ongoing democratic backsliding as supportive of their accelerationist cause. Tech companies and governments must therefore seize…

  • Aug252022

    Humour in Jihadi Rhetoric: A Comparative Analysis of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, TTP, and the Taliban

    Humour in Jihadi magazines plays a significant role in the formation of collective identity and “creates a sense of internal…

  • Aug232022

    Incel Extremism in India: A View from the Global South

    Content warning: this Insight contains descriptions of sexual violence.  Introduction Over the years, violent crimes against women have been reported…

  • Aug192022

    How QAnon is Dealing With The FBI Raid on Trump

    When the FBI executed their search warrant on Mar-A-Lago on August 8th, QAnon was all over the news. Their first…

  • Aug172022

    Recommendation Systems and Extremism: What Do We Know?

    One of the most persistent policy concerns of recent years is the notion that social media platforms’ recommendation systems restrict…

  • Aug152022

    Understanding The Incel Experience Online

    Incel, short for ‘involuntarily celibate’, is self-identification used exclusively by cis-gender, straight males who congregate exclusively in online spaces, and…

  • Aug102022

    Inside Hindutva’s Great Replacement Conspiracy

    The recent killings of African Americans in Buffalo, New York, have once again renewed discussions of the ‘Great Replacement’ conspiracy…

  • Aug082022

    Al Qa’ida and Islamic State Supporter Reactions to Zawahiri’s Death

    This Insight provides a quick overview of al-Qa’ida supporter reactions to Zawahiri’s death followed by a closer focus on pro-IS…

  • Aug032022

    Mass Shooterism and the Need for Online Interventions and Bystander Resources

    This Insight was originally posted on Moonshot’s blog. For more information on Moonshot’s digital interventions, please visit their website or get…

  • Jul282022

    The Writing on the (Facebook) Wall: A Revised Assessment of Posting and Support for Violence by Pro-Rittenhouse Meme Creators

    The Case Kyle Rittenhouse, the recently-acquitted teen shooter of Kenosha fame, continues to be a cultural and political lightning rod…

  • Jul262022

    Comparing Online Posting Typologies Among Violent and Nonviolent Right-Wing Extremists

    Although many researchers, practitioners, and policymakers are concerned about identifying and characterising online posting patterns of violent extremists prior to…

Load More