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  • Jul152024

    All the World’s a Stage: How Predictive Programming Crafts Far-Right X Users’ Worldview

    Introduction This Insight investigates how far-right X users construct their worldview around fictional media and predictive programming, that is, the…

  • Jul112024

    Methodologies in Manipulation: The Far-Right’s Antisemitic Discourse Online Amid the Israel-Hamas War

    Introduction Israel’s war on Hamas has been making headlines worldwide since it began on 7 October 2023.  However, individuals around…

  • Jul092024

    The Hate Ministries: Far-Right Social Media Extremism in Argentina and Brazil

    Introduction In recent years in Argentina and Brazil, far-right governments have risen to power, represented by the leadership of Argentinian…

  • Jul042024

    The Digital Weaponry of Radicalisation: AI and the Recruitment Nexus

    Introduction  Islamic State (IS) recently released a powerful recruitment message for ‘distracted Muslim youth’ to travel and join IS territories…

  • Jul012024

    Beyond Hitler and Mussolini: TikTok and the Adoration of Minor Fascist Ideologues

    Introduction The spread of extreme right-wing propaganda on TikTok is a familiar problem. Admiration for fascist ideologues from the early…

  • Jun272024

    ISKP’s Latest Campaign: Expanded Propaganda and External Operations

    Introduction The Islamic State Khurasan Province’s (ISKP) capabilities and intent to carry out attacks outside of its nucleus in Pakistan…

  • Jun242024

    “Substitution”: Extremists’ New Form of Implicit Hate Speech to Avoid Detection

    Content Warning: This insight contains antisemitic, racist, and hateful imagery. Introduction Extremists exploit social media platforms to spread hate against…

  • Jun202024

    On the Road to Quds: How the Axis of Resistance Defines Geopolitical Battlegrounds in Favour of Authoritarianism

    Introduction ‘Shia civilization awakened’, a Russian ideologue proclaimed on his Telegram channel in early 2024, hailing the infamous Axis of…

  • Jun172024

    Friend of the Locals, Enemy of the State: The Social Media Presence of Comando Vermelho

    *Disclaimer: To uphold transparency about the posts reflected in this Insight, some posts and accounts presented here were current as…

  • Jun122024

    Swatting: A Fictitious Threat Generating Real-World Hazards

    Introduction  Swatting is named after the ‘Special Weapons and Tactics’ groups of law enforcement officials in the United States –…

  • Jun102024

    Gaming the System: The Use of Gaming-Adjacent Communication, Game and Mod Platforms by Extremist Actors

    Introduction Since the live-streamed racist and antisemitic attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Halle, Germany, in 2019 and details of…

  • 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…

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