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  • Aug032020

    The Digital Fight Against Islamic State and Al-Qaeda

    The Digital Caliphate Despite the substantial military defeats suffered by Islamic State (IS), as well as its loss of the…

  • Aug032020

    Terrorism Legislation in the Social Media Age

    Replacing the 2007 Human Security Act Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11479 (RA 11479) or the 2020 Anti-Terrorism…

  • Jul312020

    From Fears to Conviction: Why Internet Shutdowns Don’t Work

    The radicalisation of vulnerable youth through online content has been a major threat for Indian law enforcement in recent years.…

  • Jul302020

    Telegram’s anti-IS Campaign: Effectiveness, Perspectives, and Policy Suggestions

    In November, Telegram and Europol launched a two-day coordinated campaign focused on removing Islamic State (IS) channels, groups, and pro-Islamic…

  • Jul292020

    Twitter, Wiley and the Interpretation of Violent Threats

    Throughout the course of Friday 24 July, Richard Cowie – a pioneer of the “grime” genre who is more generally…

  • Jul272020

    Counter-Narratives – Curse or Blessing?

    Taking stock of the increased spread of extremist narratives – especially on social media – the search for appropriate counter-measures…

  • Jul232020

    Plug-and-Play Propaganda: Understanding Production Quality in Atomwaffen Division Videos

    After discovering a cache of eighteen Atomwaffen Division (AWD) propaganda videos on archive.org last year, our research team – comprised…

  • Jul222020

    Cross-Promotion

    QAnon conspiracies are a common thread between far-right extremists and online lifestyle and wellness influencers. Shared QAnon memes and hashtags…

  • Jul202020

    From Patriots to Proud Boys: Who Is – and Isn’t – Using Parler

    In recent weeks, Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has been subject to critique across various social media platforms. A Trump campaign…

  • Jul172020

    The Cultivated Extremist? How the Identitarian Movement Frames its Ideology

    The Identitäre Bewegung (IB; Identitarian Movement) is the German branch of the transnational network of right-wing organisations affiliated to and…

  • Jul152020

    Exploring Radical Right-Wing Posting Behaviours Online

    It is becoming increasingly difficult, nearly impossible really, to manually search for violent extremists, potentially violent extremists, or even users…

  • Jul132020

    Understanding the Online and Offline Dynamics of Terrorist Pathways

    Terrorists use the Internet. This shouldn’t surprise anybody, but it also forms the basis of an important selection bias that…

  • Jul102020

    IS “Advisers”: How Online Jihadists Guided European Volunteers to Syria

    Recruiter or Adviser? One of the least understood elements of IS’s use of the Internet is ‘recruitment’. If much has…

  • Jul092020

    Singapore’s Radicalised

    Singapore has according to some estimates the most diverse population on earth. The resident population of approximately 5.8 million ethnically…

  • Jul072020

    Hate on TikTok

    The Dark Side of TikTok The growing presence of extremist groups on social media platforms has become more and more…

  • Jul062020

    #Hamas: Using Twitter to Gain Legitimacy or Incite Violence?

    The rise of Islamic State (IS) heralded a new wave of important research on violent extremist groups’ use of digital…

  • Jul032020

    From 4G to Languages: The Developing Online Jihadist Propaganda Network in India

    As online propaganda material specifically targeting Indian and South Asian ecosystems has been appearing more aggressively since the beginning of…

  • Jul022020

    Banning Nazis or “Burning Books”? How Big Tech is Responding to Hate Speech, and the Implications

    This week, YouTube took the decision to kick a number of influential far-right accounts off its platform, including those of…

  • Jun302020

    Islamic State Telegram Stickers: Purposes, Themes, and Narratives

    The dynamic encompassing nature of Islamic State propaganda includes a wide array of messaging ranging from official media (which includes…

  • Jun292020

    #NiemalsaufKnien: How the Identitarian Movement in Germany Reacted to the Black Lives Matter Protests

    The death of Afro-American George Floyd at the hands of white police officers on 25 May this year has inspired…

  • Jun252020

    Jihadist “Special Forces”: Training Camp Videos as an Intelligence Source

    In April 2015, the jihadist terror group Islamic State (IS) released a five-minute propaganda video claiming to showcase its elite…

  • Jun232020

    A New Wave of Right-Wing Terrorism

    Right-wing terrorism is a growing threat for democratic societies globally. With rising numbers in death tolls and far-right narratives creeping…

  • Jun222020

    The YouTube Browsing Habits of a Lone-Actor Terrorist

    On 10 October 2019, Safiyya Amira Shaikh was arrested in London for planning a terrorist attack on St. Paul’s Cathedral.…

  • Jun192020

    Jihadist Reactions to the U.S. Protests

    Jihadist reactions to the U.S. protests that have arisen as part of the Black Lives Matter trend have been fairly…

  • Jun172020

    Between Creativity, Innovation and Terrorism Studies Part I

    Interest in creativity and innovation stems from a common assumption that these are positive forces, helping to usher in progress,…

  • Jun152020

    Assessing the Threat of QAnon Violence

    Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate was the theatre of an unusual scene on Saturday, 23 May 2020. As thousands gathered throughout Germany…

  • Jun112020

    “Help for Sisters”: A Look at Crowdfunding Campaigns with Potential Links to Terrorist and Criminal Networks

    Terrorist and violent extremist groups have long used charitable giving as a means to amass and disguise support for their…

  • Jun102020

    Social Media as a Mirror of External Circumstances: Insights Into a Radical Group

    Radicalisation processes take place in a field of tension between the actor and the outside world. External reactions and circumstances…

  • Jun082020

    Digital Platforms and Extremism 2: Electric Boogaloo

    Increasingly the “boogaloo” movement has been making the news with its capacity to mobilise protestors and spread disinformation during the…

  • Jun042020

    Evolving Digital OPSEC Practices Amongst Far-Right Networks

    Over the past several years, there has been increasing attention paid to the use and exploitation of digital platforms by…

  • Jun012020

    Jihadists see COVID-19 as an Opportunity

    Jihadists in general have cautiously welcomed the COVID-19 pandemic, seeing it mostly as a problem for their enemies and an…

  • May282020

    The Coronavirus Isn’t Immune From the Far-Right

    Far-right extremists online leap from one topic to another, trolling, distorting, and amplifying everything from widespread news stories to more…

  • May262020

    The Internet and Lone Wolf Terrorism in India

    The term “lone wolf” attacks may lead some to assume such endeavours to be a single individual’s undertaking. However, research…

  • May212020

    How the Far-Right Uses Memes in Online Warfare

    With the advent of Web 2.0, memes have become a popular means of communication. Primarily taking the form of an…

  • May182020

    Call to Arms: Social Media and Far-Right Narratives of COVID-19

    Whilst most of us isolating due to COVID-19 trawl social media for factual information, updated guidelines and messages of hope…

  • May142020

    Early Warning? Opportunities And Limits Of Automated Internet Monitoring

    Policymakers have invested considerable effort and research funding to understand the role of the Internet in radicalisation processes and attack…

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