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  • Jun052024

    More than Sports: Building Resilience against Extremism in Esports

    Eliot J. Oreskovic is an Executive Co-Director of the United States Esports Association, which is a member of the Extremism…

  • Jun032024

    Examining Online Behaviours: Violent and Non-Violent Right-Wing Extremists During Peak Posting Days

    Despite the ongoing need for practitioners to identify violent right-wing extremists (RWEs) online before their engagement in violence offline, there…

  • May282024

    Tracing Austronesian Supremacy Rhetoric on Social Media: Its Impact on the Fate of Rohingya Refugees

    Introduction The Rohingya refugee crisis, which has been ongoing since 2017, has once again attracted international attention. While the conflict…

  • May222024

    ISKP and Digital Propaganda: An Escalating Anti-India Media Warfare

    Introduction Islamic State in Al-Hind province (ISHP), IS’s branch in India, has been close to operationally dormant since mid-2022, with…

  • May202024

    Two Paths, Same Destination: Analysing White Nationalist X Accounts Amid the War in Gaza

    Introduction On 7 October 2023, Islamist militant group Hamas launched a terror attack on southern Israel, killing about 1,200 and…

  • May152024

    Strange Names in the Village: Online Radicalisation, Social Media Literacy and P/CVE in Western Kenya

    Introduction Terrorists understand that the resilience of their organisations does not depend solely on the number of trained members, but…

  • May092024

    AI-Powered Jihadist News Broadcasts: A New Trend In Pro-IS Propaganda Production?

    Introduction  Until now, pro-Islamic State (IS) Artificial Intelligence (AI) propaganda materials were generated and shared online by supporters of the…

  • May072024

    Hiding in Plain Sight: How the ‘Newgen’ Misogynistic Incel Content Creators Escape Moderation on TikTok

    Content warning: This Insight contains mentions of sexual and graphic violence, suicide, and racist language  In the past few years,…

  • May012024

    Cash for Incitement: The Monetisation of Digital Hate in Germany

    Introduction Right-wing extremist and conspiratorial movements have historically relied on diverse funding sources like large donations, concerts and merchandise sales.…

  • Apr292024

    Tech and Terror: Why Have Drones Not Penetrated the Afghanistan-Pakistan Militant Landscape? 

    Introduction The Afghanistan-Pakistan (Af-Pak) region is one of the world’s most volatile and competitive militant landscapes. The region has lost…

  • Apr252024

    Imagining the Past: Justifications of Ideology in Incel Communities

    Introduction Incel (‘involuntary celibacy’) online communities have become known for hostile, misogynist ideology and a hopeless, deterministic and self-deprecating worldview.…

  • Apr232024

    Moscow Attack: The Popularisation of Far-Right Conspiracy Theories in Mainstream Media

    Introduction In the immediate aftermath of the 22 March attack on Moscow’s Crocus City Hall, social media was replete with…

  • Apr172024

    The Radicalisation of Digital Playgrounds: The Need for Multistakeholder Dialogue

    Introduction The potential nexus between gaming and radicalisation into extremism has become a hot topic for scholars, tech companies, policymakers,…

  • Apr152024

    Unveiling Terrorist Influence: The Case of Pakistan’s 2024 General Elections

    Introduction Elections in fragile democracies are often the targets of terrorist exploitation. Notably, general elections that took place in Pakistan…

  • Apr102024

    Eyes in the Sky: The Innovation Dilemma of Drone Proliferation among Violent Non-State Actors in the Sahel

    Introduction The Sahel, with its vast geographical expanse and porous borders, has become a hub for violent non-state actors (VNSAs),…

  • Apr082024

    The Creeping Influence of the Extreme Right’s Meme Subculture in Southeast Asia’s TikTok Community

    Introduction In a GNET Insight from November 2023, Jonathan Sarwono identified the presence of an extreme right TikTok community based…

  • Apr032024

    The Moscow Terrorist Attack: Pro-Islamic State Narratives and their Wider Implications 

    Introduction On 22 March 2024, four gunmen entered Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia and carried out an attack killing…

  • Apr022024

    Virtual Battlegrounds: Understanding the Online Campaign of Baloch Separatist Groups in Pakistan

    Background Heavy breathing fills the audio as the head-mounted camera captures a gun, apparently an M203 Under-Barrel Grenade Launcher, its…

  • Mar282024

    Preventing Extremist Violence Using Existing Content Moderation Tools

    Kris McGuffie is a member of the Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN). The EGRN works together to uncover how…

  • Mar272024

    The Deepfake Threat to the 2024 US Presidential Election

    Introduction As the 2024 US election campaign ramps up, artificial intelligence (AI) and deepfakes are already having a corrosive effect…

  • Mar252024

    Preparing for the Boogaloo: How Far-Right Communities Rallied on Discord for the Unite the Right Rally

    Introduction In August 2017, Charlottesville, Virginia, had its streets swarmed by white nationalists, klansmen and far-right militia in a demonstration…

  • Mar222024

    The COVID-19 Pandemic Exploited by Extremists: A Comparative Analysis of Indonesia and Germany

    Introduction  COVID-19 social restrictions provided fertile ground for extremists around the world. During lockdown, as people spent significantly more time…

  • Mar202024

    ‘It’s Over! White People are Finished’: Accelerationist Memes using Generative AI on 4chan’s ‘/pol‘

    Content Warning: this Insight contains antisemitic, racist and hateful imagery and language. Introduction Contemporary research on the use of the…

  • Mar182024

    CLASSIFIED 1948/2024: What Israeli AI Implementation Teaches Us About the Warfare of Tomorrow

    Introduction Israel has become one of the most technologically advanced and AI-driven countries in the world almost 76 years after…

  • Mar132024

    Combating Online Extremism in the Global South: Lessons from COVID-19 Misinformation Flows

    Introduction Understanding the mechanisms driving the diffusion of problematic information – information that is “inaccurate, misleading, inappropriately attributed, or altogether…

  • Mar112024

    ‘Doing What God Designed Men To Do’: Red Pilled Christians’ Quest for Patriarchy, According to Scripture

    Introduction The Red Pill philosophy is the foundation for many online, misogynist, male-only groups, colloquially known as the manosphere. The…

  • Mar082024

    The Role and Potential of Artificial Intelligence in Extremist Fuelled Election Misinformation in Africa

    Background The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) has ushered in a new era of technological possibilities, transforming industries and societies…

  • Mar062024

    The Ultimate Game: What We Learned from Mobilising Gamers During Brazil’s Elections

    Mari Ribeiro and Court Williams are members of the Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN). The EGRN works together to…

  • Mar042024

    ‘Why Not Bring Weapons to School?’: How TikTok’s Algorithms Contribute to a Culture of Violence in Brazilian Schools

    Content warning: This Insight contains language describing graphic violence Until 2002, there was no record of violent attacks in Brazilian…

  • Feb282024

    POV: Wearable Cameras and the Gamification of Lone-Actor Terrorist Violence

    Introduction In December 2023, a British 22-year-old was sentenced to a minimum of 16 years in prison for planning a…

  • Feb262024

    ‘Stand Against the Wiles of the Devil’: Interpreting QAnon as a Pseudo-Christian Extremist Movement

    Introduction Since the emergence of QAnon as a conspiracy theory in 2017, some self-proclaimed QAnon adherents have committed violent extremist…

  • Feb232024

    Weapons of Mass Hate Dissemination: The Use of Artificial Intelligence by Right-Wing Extremists

    Content Warning: this Insight contains antisemitic, racist, and hateful imagery and language. Introduction On Telegram, there is a right-wing extremist…

  • 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…

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