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  • 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…

  • 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…

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