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  • Mar052021

    Turning the Tap Off: The Impacts of Social Media Shutdown After Sri Lanka’s Easter Attacks

    This blog post is a summary of key findings from research published by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism as part of…

  • Mar032021

    Selfie and Siege: Women’s Social Media Footprint and the US Capitol Hill Siege

    As of 25 February 2021, over 250 federal cases have been brought against individuals for their alleged involvement in the…

  • Mar012021

    Playing for Hate?

    The video game industry is the largest and fastest growing popular culture industry in the world by monetary value, yet…

  • Feb242021

    The Social Media Anatomy of New Radical Groups in Kashmir

    In December 2020, a new militant group called the “United Liberation Front (ULF)” operating in Jammu & Kashmir made its…

  • Feb222021

    Turning Back to Biologised Racism: A Content Analysis of Patriotic Alternative UK’s Online Discourse

    The UK far-right has experienced a marked transition in the past decade from parliamentary to more extra-parliamentary forms of activism.…

  • Feb192021

    Online Extremism and Terrorism Researcher Security and Privacy: Some Practical Advice

    Fortunately for Western scholars, as pointed out by Berger, “o date, jihadist extremists have not systematically targeted researchers for potential…

  • Feb172021

    Odysee: The New YouTube for the Far-Right

    The emergence of the newest platform favoured by far-right actors has received surprisingly little attention in the midst of ongoing…

  • Feb152021

    Infrastructure, Sabotage, and Accelerationism

    In my previous GNET Insight, I focused on the ideological collision between anti-5G, the coronavirus, and the far-right. The present…

  • Feb122021

    Who are the Jihadi Video Journalists? An Analysis of a new Form of Activism in the Northwest of Syria

    This Insight aims to depict the work of Idlib-based Western Islamist ‘backpack reporters’ who have specialised in reporting news from the…

  • Feb102021

    China and the Australian Far-Right

    Since the start of the pandemic, China and the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have become a key rallying point…

  • Feb082021

    Understanding Canada’s Recent Ban of Far-Right Extremist Groups

    On 3 February, the Canadian government added four far-right extremist groups to their list of proscribed terrorist entities. Some of…

  • Feb052021

    Assessing Attempts at Removing German Far-Right Conspiracy Content in the Aftermath of Trump’s Presidency

    2020 has been the year in which Germany achieved infamous standing as the country with the biggest QAnon community outside…

  • Feb042021

    The Comeback of Unconstitutional Provisions Against Online Hatred in France: Second Attempt to Circumvent Judicial Review to Block Websites

    Since the early 2010s, and even more so since the Paris attacks of 2015, France has taken a prominent role…

  • Feb022021

    Singapore: The Lure of the Far-Right

    The news of the detention of a 16 year old self-radicalised Singaporean (of Protestant faith) who planned to murder Muslim…

  • Feb012021

    Jihadists at Play

    When I began working on The Idols of ISIS: From Assyria to the Internet, I used research funds to buy…

  • Jan282021

    3D-Printed Gun Laws: Girding for the Future of Terrorism

    In January 2021, the city-state of Singapore – which takes a firm stance against terrorism –  passed a new law…

  • Jan272021

    From MAGA to the Fringe: What Was Happening Online Before the 6 January Insurrection and What Can We Do Now?

    The last four to five years have seen a higher visibility surrounding the “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) pro-Trump movement…

  • Jan262021

    Researching the Far-Right in a World on Pause: An Overview of Secondary, Public and Archival Data Sources

    In the immediate aftermath of the 6 January attacks on the United States Capitol Building, in Washington D.C., it seemed…

  • Jan262021

    Turner Diaries: Defining a Movement

    I first encountered the Turner Diaries in 1999, when a friend shared the book, with the advice that the novel…

  • Jan252021

    “Take Nothing But Pictures, Leave Nothing But (Digital) Footprints”: Social Media Evidence From the US Capitol Siege Perpetrators

    As the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice continue their investigations into the alleged insurrectionists at the US…

  • Jan222021

    Extremism in the Manosphere During the Presidential Transition

    In recent months, the use of technology and social media to advance conspiracies and far-right ideologies has been the subject…

  • Jan212021

    Alt-Tech and Online Organising After the Capitol Riots

    Since the deadly riots at the US Capitol on 6 January, social media platforms associated with the ‘Alt-Tech’ or ‘alternative…

  • Jan212021

    Countering the Veil of Deep Encryption

    For Australians, it is an image that will forever define the scourge of Islamist terrorism. The smiling face of Khaled…

  • Jan202021

    The Impact of the Capitol Attacks on Extremist Operational Security

    Operational security (OPSEC), both online and offline, remains a priority for many violent extremist groups and their members. As such…

  • Jan192021

    Anti-5G, Infrastructure Sabotage, and COVID-19

    On 25 December 2020, as most Christians were celebrating with their families, a 63-year-old, white male, and longtime resident of…

  • Jan192021

    Big Data and Counter-Terrorism: Uses and Boundaries

    This blog post is a concept note for a T.M.C Asser Institute/ICCT workshop on uses of big data in the…

  • Jan182021

    Redpill the “Parler Refugees”: White Supremacist Strategies for Radicalising Trump Supporters on Telegram

    On 6 January, insurrectionists stormed the US capitol and disrupted the confirmation of election results in the House and Senate;…

  • Jan182021

    Beyond the “LULZ:” Memifying Murder as ‘Meaningful’ Gamification in Far-Right Content

    Research on the relationship between video games and extremist propaganda has been increasing in the last few years in both…

  • Jan152021

    Attack Dates as Terrorist Messaging

    In the aftermath of the violent political events of 6 January 2021 at the US Capitol, a cascade of governmental…

  • Jan152021

    Why Deplatforming the Extreme Right is a Lot More Challenging than Deplatforming IS

    In the wake of the mob violence at the US Capitol last week, Amarnath Amarasingam published a 17-part Twitter thread…

  • Jan132021

    Ashli Babbitt: A Far-Right Martyr of the Insurrection

    On 6 January, during the insurrection on Capitol Hill, Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot in the neck by Capitol police…

  • Jan122021

    Intersection of Social Media, Foreign Policy and Extreme Narratives: An Example from India

    In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world and states struggled to contain the economic fallout of shutting…

  • Jan112021

    From #ArsonEmergency to #DanLiedPeopleDied: How Extremist Messaging Co-Opts Emergency Events on the Australian Twittersphere

    Australia experienced two major emergency events in 2020, starting off with the summer bushfires, followed shortly after by the coronavirus…

  • Jan072021

    3D-Printed Guns, Untraceable Firearms, and Domestic Violent Extremist Actors

    While uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to fuel a massive increase in domestic gun sales, a supporter of the…

  • Jan062021

    Eco-Fascism: More than Tree-Loving Terrorists

    The climate and ecological crisis was one of the dominating issues in 2019. Boosted by the visible environmental and ecological…

  • Jan042021

    Easily Reproducible – The Structure of Islamic State Videos

    Islamic State (IS) was perhaps the first jihadist group to produce video formats in a (quasi-)professional fashion: especially during the…

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