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  • Jul052022

    Persuading with Fantasy: Why Digital P/CVE Narrative Campaigns May Benefit from Fictional Elements 

    The narratives we are exposed to and the stories we tell ourselves and each other have a profound impact on…

  • Jul012022

    The Buffalo Attack – Insights From the Suspected Terrorist’s Diary

    The ‘diary’ of Payton Gendron, who carried out the Buffalo attack on May 14 2022 killing ten and wounding three,…

  • Jun282022

    Al Qaeda, Islamic State, and Targeted Online Propaganda Around India’s Domestic Political Discourse

    Some recent comments made by party functionaries of the ruling Bharaitya Janata Party (BJP) of India on Prophet Mohammed led…

  • Jun232022

    The Future is Now: The Use of 3D-Printed Guns by Extremists and Terrorists

    Over the past three years, the threat of extremists and terrorists making 3D-printed guns has changed from a hypothetical to…

  • Jun202022

    Nazis, Conspiracists, and the Australian Federal Election

    In April 2022, police opened fire at a car that was accelerating towards them in the middle of Paris, killing…

  • Jun172022

    ‘Mujahideen in the West’: Al-Qaeda’s Newest Attack-Inciting Magazine

    In February 2022, a new English-language magazine titled Mujahideen in the West (MITW) appeared on Al-Qaeda (AQ)-affiliated media platforms. The…

  • Jun152022

    Islamic State Audacity of Hope/Facebook’s Islamic State Problem 

    Islamic State material, in any form, not least its raw and explicit form, has no place on the open web.…

  • Jun132022

    The Rise of Narco-Terrorism in the Age of the Internet

    Narco-terrorism is a term that explains drug trafficking cartels/organised crime groups which resort to terrorism to achieve their aims. Narco-terrorism…

  • Jun102022

    The Gamification of Violent Extremism: An Empirical Exploration of the Christchurch Attack

    This Insight is based on research conducted by the author and Susann Wiedlitzka, the results of which are extensively discussed…

  • Jun082022

    ‘Victims of Feminism’: Exploring Networked Misogyny and #MeToo in the Manosphere

    The creation and circulation of online misogynist narratives can have dreadful consequences. For example, in 2014 Elliot Rodger killed six…

  • May312022

    The Great Replacement and the Far-Right Music Scene

    With this month’s far-right attack in Buffalo, there was a lot of discussion in the popular media and amongst policymakers…

  • May302022

    Understanding Accelerationist Narratives: The Great Replacement Theory

    On 14 May 2022, an 18-year-old white male allegedly perpetrated a carefully planned mass shooting targeting Black Americans. He opened…

  • May242022

    Rise of the Newest Alt-Tech Platform: Substack

    In a recent interview with The New York Times, Substack CEO Chris Best described the email newsletter platform as an…

  • May232022

    Examining Incel Subculture on Reddit

    The online presence of incels, or involuntary celibates, has been an increasing security concern for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in…

  • May172022

    Deflection and Denial Following the Buffalo Terror Attack

    On Saturday, 14 May 2022, 18-year-old Payton Gendron drove to a supermarket in Buffalo, NY, live-streaming himself on Twitch as…

  • May172022

    Why do Online Countering Violent Extremism Strategies Not Work? The Case of Digital Jihad

    Islamic State’s (IS) propaganda campaign in 2014-2015 marked a turning point in the history of digital jihad. The quality and…

  • May092022

    Differentiating Online Posting Behaviours of Violent and Non-Violent Right-Wing Extremists

    There is an ongoing need for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to detect and assess online posting behaviours of violent extremists…

  • May052022

    How to Erode Terrorists’ Trust in Cyberspace: The Role of Intelligence Services

    One of the most crucial missions entrusted to intelligence services in the fight against jihadist terrorism is carried out on…

  • May032022

    Videogames, Twitter and Far-Right Extremism: An Analysis of Twitter Hashtag Networks

    Many social network theories emphasise the importance of network properties. Strong networks with many interlocking and reinforcing connections are essential…

  • Apr252022

    ‘Gender Ideology’ and the Intersectional Politics of the Far-Right in Latin America

    Intersectionality denotes an entire and complex subfield within the social sciences. A connecting thread across its different inflexions is the…

  • Apr212022

    The Protocols of Antisemitism: Cross Ideological Fixation on “Jewish power”

    “They let James Foley die, they let him die and they didn’t release her but guess what? Maybe they’ll have…

  • Apr142022

    How the European Far Right is Using Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine to Radicalise its Audience

    Current events provide key opportunities for right-wing extremist (RWE) groups to attract new members and radicalise those already within their…

  • Apr122022

    The Taliban’s Trajectory in Securing Geographic, Electronic, and Geopolitical Sanctuaries

    Though long hostile to social media, the Taliban regime readily embraced the haven on the Internet, setting up social media…

  • Apr072022

    Zelenskyy, ‘Denazification’ and the Redirection of Holocaust Victimhood

    As with many global crises, the online far-right is attempting to frame Russia’s invasion of Ukraine through their existing worldview.…

  • Apr052022

    From Orange to Red: An Assessment of the Dark MAGA Trend in Far-Right Online Spaces

    The Online Far-Right The far-right online goes through aesthetic and organisational shifts in waves. From Woods & Hahner’s Make America…

  • Mar242022

    Examining Online Indicators of Extremism Among Violent and Non-Violent Right-Wing Extremists

    Although there is an ongoing need for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to identify and assess the online activities of…

  • Mar212022

    Why Some Far-Right Circles are Contributing to Vladimir Putin’s Disinformation Campaign

    A few weeks ago, one of the main Brazilian far-right platforms responsible for producing documentaries, promoting books, organising events, and…

  • Mar162022

    A Review of International Multi-Stakeholder Frameworks for Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism Online

    In the last ten years, there has been a significant increase in multi-stakeholder forums working to create self-regulatory practices for…

  • Mar142022

    “Victims of the Holocaust”: The ‘Freedom Convoy’ Subreddits as Spaces for Antisemitism and Far-Right Radicalisation

    In its 2021 TE-SAT report, Europol explained that since the beginning of the pandemic “right-wing extremists exploited COVID-19 to support…

  • Mar092022

    Understanding the Game: Bridging Research Gaps at the Nexus of Gaming and Extremism

    Preventing and countering violent extremism practitioners are increasingly concerned about pathways to radicalisation, including those leading to violent extremism, present…

  • Mar072022

    Far-Right Responses to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

    After weeks of relative uncertainty, Russian President Vladimir Putin officially ordered an invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, displacing…

  • Mar022022

    Islamic State Supporters Keeping Tabs on Ukraine

    Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, extremist milieus online focused their attention on news of the war. White supremacist, far…

  • Feb282022

    The Death of Islamic State’s Leader Abu Ibrahim Al-Qurashi: What’s Next for Indonesian IS Supporters

    Online chatter in the Indonesian pro-Islamic State (IS) milieu on the death of IS’s ‘caliph’ Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi reveals…

  • Feb242022

    Communication Technologies, Conspiracies, and Disinformation in Latin America: COVID-19 and Beyond

    The topic of Spanish-language misinformation and disinformation has received increasing attention in recent years, with a special focus on the…

  • Feb182022

    Crowdfunding and Protest Financing: Emergency Law in Canada

    Since late January 2022, protesters have been occupying the city of Ottawa in an extended demonstration against vaccine mandates. The…

  • Feb172022

    Understanding Attitudes to Extremism in Gaming Communities

    In our previous GNET Insight we looked at how quantitative measures can help us understand the prevalence of extreme language…

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