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  • May252021

    Mapping the Turkestan Islamic Party’s Online Propaganda Networks

    The Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) is considered the most prominent Salafi-jihadist terrorist organisation that originates from China. While it aims…

  • May242021

    Polarisation and the Pandemic: The Alternative für Deutschland’s Narration of COVID-19 on Twitter

    The impact of COVID-19 has been felt globally by societies in their entirety; from hospitalisations, deaths, the economic downturn and…

  • May202021

    Violent Extremism: The Ghost or the Machine?

    The Australian parliament’s Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is currently holding an inquiry into extremist movements and radicalism in Australia. It…

  • May192021

    The Digital Transformations of Al-Qaeda and Islamic State in the Battle Against Online Propaganda

    In the face of repeated Europol-led crackdowns, and frequent flagging of content by the EU Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU),…

  • May172021

    Defining the Delta Between Hashed Terrorist Content and All Terrorist Content

    Terrorists and violent extremists (“VE”) have “exploit digital platforms” to share intelligence, recruit, and disseminate ideology. The Global Internet Forum…

  • May132021

    Examining Online Indicators of Extremism in Violent Right-Wing Extremist Forums

    Although many law enforcement and intelligence agencies are concerned about online communities known to facilitate violent right-wing extremism, little is…

  • May122021

    The Out-Group in the In-Group

    Extremists hate people who do not share their group identity. If scholars of terrorism and extremism can agree on little…

  • May102021

    Collaboration and Legislation: Confronting Online Violent Extremism from New Zealand

    It’s unclear exactly how many times the livestreamed video of the 2019 Christchurch attack was viewed or shared before the…

  • May072021

    Online Jihadist Chants: An Access Point for Incitement of Violence

    Anasheed or jihadi chants (Anasheed Jihadiya) are forms of creative expression that serve a number of purposes including enjoyment, celebration,…

  • May062021

    “I will never forget this for as long as I live”: Social Learning at the Capitol Hill Siege

    “Today was indeed a historical day for sure. I will never forget this for as long as I live… I’m…

  • May042021

    Predictive Technologies in Preventive Counterterrorism

    On 3 May 2017, an Australian Super Hornet airstrike in Iraq dropped a GPS-guided bomb on a house in West…

  • Apr292021

    QAnon Women in Politics Part Two: QAnon Careers

    Over the last year, the QAnon conspiracy has cemented itself as part of the furniture of the American political landscape,…

  • Apr282021

    QAnon Women in Politics Part One: The QAnon Candidates

    Content warning: discussion of rape and sexual violence statistics and child abuse. The 2020 United States election marked QAnon’s formal…

  • Apr272021

    The Nexus Between Political Distrust and Online Extremism

    We are living at a time when trust in established politicians and political institutions is at an all-time low, a…

  • Apr262021

    From Gangs to Groupuscules & Solo-Actor Terrorism: New Zealand Far-Right Narratives and Counter-Narratives in the Context of the Christchurch Attack

    At 1.40pm on 15 March 2019, Christchurch shooter, Brenton Heston Tarrant, approached the Al-Noor Mosque near the city’s Hagley Park.…

  • Apr232021

    Do Researchers Have an Obligation to Report Dangerous Actors?

    The Lowy Institute recently conducted a survey of the terrorism and extremism research community regarding research on the role of…

  • Apr212021

    Koo: India’s Latest Local Social Media Platform

    Social media has greatly reconfigured the relationship between the state and its people, especially by becoming the primary avenue through…

  • Apr192021

    Bridging the Gap Between Counterterrorism Research and Practice Through Game-Based Learning

    Much journalistic and academic attention has been focused on understanding the role that games and gamification plays within extremist groups.…

  • Apr152021

    The Conversation between Salafi-Jihadists, the Hirak, and the Algerian State

    The Algerian Hirak movement has persisted since its beginning in February of 2019. Restrictions on large public gatherings associated with…

  • Apr132021

    Communication, Military and Medical Technologies: Assets to Protect Against the Designs of Violent Extremists

    Despite the archaic dogmas and obscurantist thinking underlying it, violent extremism has shown a great appetite for modernity, especially for…

  • Apr092021

    IS Perception of Far-Right and Far-Left Political Movements in the West

    This note depicts core elements of the jihadi thoughts on the political polarisation of western societies and induced opportunities for…

  • Apr082021

    Online Behaviours – Real World Harms

    In the 20 years since the terrorist events of 11 September 2001, ever-evolving political, social and economic dynamics globally have…

  • Apr062021

    Male Supremacism, Borderline Content, and Gaps in Existing Moderation Efforts

    Leaders of Google, Facebook and Twitter testified once again in front of the US House of Representatives in a hearing…

  • Apr012021

    The Role of the Chans in the Far-Right Online Ecosystem

    At 08:28 (NZDT) on 15 March 2019, a post was made to 8chan’s /pol board stating “Well lads, it’s time…

  • Mar312021

    How QAnon Reacts to Failed Predictions

    The QAnon movement is no stranger to failed predictions. Despite making numerous predictions about everything from the return of John…

  • Mar302021

    Alternative Platforms and Alternative Recommendation Systems: A Case of the Australian Sovereign Citizen Movement on Telegram

    The sovereign citizen movement is a collection of individuals and groups who reject the legitimacy of the state and hold…

  • Mar292021

    Let’s Play Prevention: Can P/CVE Turn the Tables on Extremists’ Use of Gamification?

    In the wake of the attacks in Christchurch, El Paso and Halle, the so-called ‘gamification of terror’ has made headlines…

  • Mar262021

    Radicalisation and Recruitment Online in Times of COVID-19: The Pandemic as a Propaganda Opportunity

    The jihadist doctrine is an ideological corpus built up by extremist theorists to give their destabilising aims a legal and…

  • Mar252021

    Hyper-Reality, Identity and Mediatisation – A Sociological Reflection on the Pro-Islamic State Online Community

    During the opening months of 2021 several pro-Islamic State unofficial media outlets have produced and shared a vast amount of…

  • Mar242021

    Venture Capitalism, Extremism and Accountability

    Attempts to limit the dissemination of extreme digital speech have taken many forms as seen with Germany’s Network Enforcement Act…

  • Mar242021

    Two Years On: Understanding the Resonance of the Christchurch Attack on Imageboard Sites

    15 March 2021 marked two years since the Christchurch terrorist attack in New Zealand, where 51 Muslims were killed by…

  • Mar232021

    No Child’s Play: IS Propaganda Videos and the Recruitment of Children

    Imagine the horror of seeing a child in a video executing an individual. Islamic State (IS) raised the brutality of…

  • Mar232021

    Mexican Cartel Use of Social Media

    The use of social media by the Mexican cartels dates back approximately to the 2005-2006 era when the initial cartel…

  • Mar222021

    Cyber-Enabled Extremism in Australia

    While still a relatively young and geographically isolated nation state, Australia is no stranger to extremism. Over time, since the…

  • Mar192021

    The Issue Isn’t Incels. It’s Racist Misogyny.

    On 16 March 2021, NBC News reporter Kimmy Yam published a piece that summarised the research done by the organisation…

  • Mar182021

    Rhetoric of Hate: A Case Study in Anti-East Asian Bigotry

    On 16 March 2021, a man carried out a series of shootings at three massage parlours in Atlanta, Georgia which…

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