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  • Nov252020

    Upvoting Extremism: Collective Identity Formation and the Extreme Right on Reddit

    Researchers who have explored right-wing extremists’ use of the Internet have typically focused their attention on dedicated hate sites and…

  • Nov232020

    American Interest in Global Jihad – A Google Trend Analysis

    Radicalisation, jihadism and terrorism-related issues were not extensively addressed during the 2020 US presidential campaign. In contrast to all previous…

  • Nov202020

    Cyberwar on Twitter: Cyber-Vigilantes vs Islamic State

    With the multiplication of online jihadi content and terrorist attacks in the West in recent years, some users and hacktivist…

  • Nov182020

    Offline Meets Online: A Fused Messaging Ecosystem in Response to Violent Extremism in Mindanao

    Conflict in Mindanao is rooted in both socioeconomic factors and identity politics. At present, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim…

  • Nov162020

    Online Terrorist Content: Is it Time for an Independent Regulator?

    In April 2019, the U.K. Government published its Online Harms white paper. This proposed the creation of a new independent…

  • Nov132020

    Baghdadi Fan Mail

    An earlier version of this Insight incorrectly mentioned Denmark in the table below, instead of Austria. This has now been…

  • Nov112020

    Preempting the Storm: DOJ Moves to Tackle Terrorist and Criminal Use of Cryptocurrencies with Bolder International Approach

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the publication of a Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework penned by the Attorney General’s…

  • Nov092020

    Extremist Experimentation with Text-Based Instant Messaging Applications

    The text-based instant messaging platform Telegram has become a chief coordinating forum for several extremist online milieus over the past…

  • Nov062020

    Social Media and the Murder of Samuel Paty

    Could better monitoring have prevented a terror attack? If we recap the spiral of events that led to the beheading…

  • Nov052020

    The Hate Matrix of Online Gaming

    The word that the extreme right use to describe the political radicalisation of newcomers to their worldview is “red pilling”.…

  • Nov032020

    Linear Relationships Between Islamic State’s Extent of Territorial Control and its Visual Messaging Campaign

    The importance of online media campaigns to non-state, militant groups is difficult to overstate and a folly to ignore. Online…

  • Nov022020

    From ShamiWitness to QMap: The Movement of ‘One’ in Online Radicalisation

    The development of the right-wing conspiracy ecosystem known as QAnon in and around the US elections has been witnessed with…

  • Oct302020

    Rethinking Bioterrorism Post COVID-19

    COVID-19 has demonstrated the need for greater strategic and operational integration between public health and national security agencies. It has…

  • Oct292020

    What’s in a Meme? The Rise of “Saint Kyle”

    The media has been captured the past two weeks with the news of the FBI and Michigan police pressing charges…

  • Oct282020

    Examining the Developmental Pathways of Online Posting Behaviour in Violent Right-Wing Extremist Forums

    Researchers, practitioners, and policymakers have paid close attention to the presence of terrorists and extremists online in recent years, with…

  • Oct272020

    Digital Dunes and Shrublands: A Comparative Introduction to the Sahelian Jihadi Propaganda Ecosystem

    The Sahel comprises some of the world’s poorest countries. Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger are undergoing several crises that together…

  • Oct262020

    LOL Extremism: Humour in Online Extremist Content

    Humour is a staple of life found in in-person interactions and in virtual environments. Many of us have viewed, shared,…

  • Oct222020

    Hindutva Vigilantism: Online Hate, Offline Harms

    India is witnessing a steep rise in ethno-religious majoritarianism, and social media is playing a significant role in empowering Hindu…

  • Oct212020

    Revisiting the Ecosystem of Islamic State’s ‘Virtual Caliphate’

    The current ‘post-caliphate’ era of Islamic State (IS) has been widely discussed in recent years, following the organisation’s loss of…

  • Oct192020

    French Jihadism on the Internet: A Quantitative Overview

    France has been one of the most-targeted Western countries by jihadist organisations in the past 5 years and one of…

  • Oct162020

    Jihadi Media and Online Secrecy as Doctrinal Values

    The significant role of jihadists stationed in online battlefields was reflected as early as 2006 in the communicative philosophy of…

  • Oct142020

    Online White Supremacy: Looking for a Place to Spread Hate in the Age of Multiple Communication Platforms

    Introduction A study by the Anti-Defamation League, which was published in early 2020, has found that American right-wing extremists were…

  • Oct122020

    Macron’s Plan for Fighting Islamist Radicalisation – Offline

    On 2 October French president Macron presented a 5-point plan to address Islamist radicalisation. It is one of the most…

  • Oct092020

    Lessons for 2020 from the Islamic State Online Fanclub

    In 2015 one of the key problems for social media platforms was the rise of Islamic State (IS), their supporters…

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