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  • Dec172020

    ‘Crisis and a Loss of Control’ – Digital Extremism in German-Speaking Countries During the COVID-19 Crisis

    COVID-19 and the Extremist Hijacking of Anti-Lockdown Protests The COVID-19 pandemic has led to drastic changes to our lives and…

  • Dec162020

    Mitigating the Impact of Media Reporting of Terrorism

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

  • Dec152020

    Claiming and Glorifying Environmental Terrorism Online: The Case of PKK’s ‘Children of Fire Initiative’

    On 9 October 2020, devastating forest fires broke out in multiple locations of Hatay province and became headlines in Turkey.…

  • Dec142020

    After Christchurch: Mapping Online Right-Wing Extremists

    For all the hate, sometimes extending to talk of violence, the extremist milieu feature is also a highly social space.…

  • Dec102020

    Paved With Good Intentions: How the EU Legislative Process has Placed Internet Voluntary Counter Extremism Near the Edge of the Legal Wilderness

    The modest progress towards the modernisation and replacement of the current EU ePrivacy Directive has led to an uncomfortable legislative…

  • Dec092020

    Praising Jihadist Attacks on TikTok and the Challenge of Protecting Youths From Online Extremism

    On 26 November 2020, a Pakistani imam from a small town north of Paris was sentenced to 18 months in…

  • Dec082020

    The Sudden Rise of Indian Tech Platforms: Are they Prepared for the Challenge of Online Extremism?

    The recent political crisis between India and China precipitated by the clashes on the disputed border between the two states…

  • Dec072020

    Assessing the Impact of U.S. Presidential Election Results on Extreme Right-Wing Mobilisation Online

    Research has overwhelmingly found that central offline events influence online activity and highlight an important interaction between people’s on- and…

  • Dec042020

    Cyber Surveillance Technology, Unchecked – Can the Global Export Control Regime be a Stabiliser?

    The proliferation and abuse of cyber surveillance technology is a global policy problem. Such a global problem requires a set…

  • Dec032020

    Why Academic Struggles Over Words Matter

    Politicians, the media, and social media users alike have framed recent attacks in Europe as instances of “Islamist” violence. The…

  • Dec022020

    Of Challengers and Socialisers: How User Types Moderate the Appeal of Extremist Gamified Applications

    Recent years have seen an increase in the gamification of digital extremist content and discussions around the potential implications of…

  • Nov302020

    Exploring the Link Between Uncertainty, Ahistoricism and Algorithms

    We are living in a time of extreme uncertainty. Nothing seems real because any fact is contestable. There are several…

  • Nov262020

    Now Streaming: “Love Jihad” on Netflix

    Until now, Netflix was a tech company that did not have to address issues related to extremism on its platform.…

  • Nov252020

    Upvoting Extremism: Collective Identity Formation and the Extreme Right on Reddit

    Researchers who have explored right-wing extremists’ use of the Internet have typically focused their attention on dedicated hate sites and…

  • Nov232020

    American Interest in Global Jihad – A Google Trend Analysis

    Radicalisation, jihadism and terrorism-related issues were not extensively addressed during the 2020 US presidential campaign. In contrast to all previous…

  • Nov202020

    Cyberwar on Twitter: Cyber-Vigilantes vs Islamic State

    With the multiplication of online jihadi content and terrorist attacks in the West in recent years, some users and hacktivist…

  • Nov182020

    Offline Meets Online: A Fused Messaging Ecosystem in Response to Violent Extremism in Mindanao

    Conflict in Mindanao is rooted in both socioeconomic factors and identity politics. At present, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim…

  • Nov162020

    Online Terrorist Content: Is it Time for an Independent Regulator?

    In April 2019, the U.K. Government published its Online Harms white paper. This proposed the creation of a new independent…

  • Nov132020

    Baghdadi Fan Mail

    An earlier version of this Insight incorrectly mentioned Denmark in the table below, instead of Austria. This has now been…

  • Nov112020

    Preempting the Storm: DOJ Moves to Tackle Terrorist and Criminal Use of Cryptocurrencies with Bolder International Approach

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the publication of a Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework penned by the Attorney General’s…

  • Nov092020

    Extremist Experimentation with Text-Based Instant Messaging Applications

    The text-based instant messaging platform Telegram has become a chief coordinating forum for several extremist online milieus over the past…

  • Nov062020

    Social Media and the Murder of Samuel Paty

    Could better monitoring have prevented a terror attack? If we recap the spiral of events that led to the beheading…

  • Nov052020

    The Hate Matrix of Online Gaming

    The word that the extreme right use to describe the political radicalisation of newcomers to their worldview is “red pilling”.…

  • Nov032020

    Linear Relationships Between Islamic State’s Extent of Territorial Control and its Visual Messaging Campaign

    The importance of online media campaigns to non-state, militant groups is difficult to overstate and a folly to ignore. Online…

  • Nov022020

    From ShamiWitness to QMap: The Movement of ‘One’ in Online Radicalisation

    The development of the right-wing conspiracy ecosystem known as QAnon in and around the US elections has been witnessed with…

  • Oct302020

    Rethinking Bioterrorism Post COVID-19

    COVID-19 has demonstrated the need for greater strategic and operational integration between public health and national security agencies. It has…

  • Oct292020

    What’s in a Meme? The Rise of “Saint Kyle”

    The media has been captured the past two weeks with the news of the FBI and Michigan police pressing charges…

  • Oct282020

    Examining the Developmental Pathways of Online Posting Behaviour in Violent Right-Wing Extremist Forums

    Researchers, practitioners, and policymakers have paid close attention to the presence of terrorists and extremists online in recent years, with…

  • Oct272020

    Digital Dunes and Shrublands: A Comparative Introduction to the Sahelian Jihadi Propaganda Ecosystem

    The Sahel comprises some of the world’s poorest countries. Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger are undergoing several crises that together…

  • Oct262020

    LOL Extremism: Humour in Online Extremist Content

    Humour is a staple of life found in in-person interactions and in virtual environments. Many of us have viewed, shared,…

  • Oct222020

    Hindutva Vigilantism: Online Hate, Offline Harms

    India is witnessing a steep rise in ethno-religious majoritarianism, and social media is playing a significant role in empowering Hindu…

  • Oct212020

    Revisiting the Ecosystem of Islamic State’s ‘Virtual Caliphate’

    The current ‘post-caliphate’ era of Islamic State (IS) has been widely discussed in recent years, following the organisation’s loss of…

  • Oct192020

    French Jihadism on the Internet: A Quantitative Overview

    France has been one of the most-targeted Western countries by jihadist organisations in the past 5 years and one of…

  • Oct162020

    Jihadi Media and Online Secrecy as Doctrinal Values

    The significant role of jihadists stationed in online battlefields was reflected as early as 2006 in the communicative philosophy of…

  • Oct142020

    Online White Supremacy: Looking for a Place to Spread Hate in the Age of Multiple Communication Platforms

    Introduction A study by the Anti-Defamation League, which was published in early 2020, has found that American right-wing extremists were…

  • Oct122020

    Macron’s Plan for Fighting Islamist Radicalisation – Offline

    On 2 October French president Macron presented a 5-point plan to address Islamist radicalisation. It is one of the most…

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