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  • May112020

    Weighing the Value and Risks of Deplatforming

    Last month, the video platform TikTok banned far-right extremists Britain First and Tommy Robinson, the latest action taken by a…

  • May072020

    The Gift of the Gab: The Utilisation of COVID-19 for Neo-Nazi Recruitment

    Following the confiscation of the domain of the right-wing forum Fascist Forge, neo-Nazi recruiters have been migrating over to the…

  • May062020

    Remembering Toronto: Two Years Later, Incel Terrorism Threat Lingers

    Two years after Alek Minassian’s homicidal vehicular rampage through Toronto, the deadliest incel terrorist attack to date, the violent fringes…

  • May042020

    The Risks of a Telegram Crypto-Wallet

    Last month, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled in favour…

  • May012020

    Shooting for 1080p Full HD – Assessing Islamic State’s Cameras

    In the past, particularly between 2014 and 2017, Islamic State’s (IS) video propaganda has been noted, among other things, for…

  • Apr292020

    Jihadactivist

    The line between protest and terrorism is clear, but can become complicated when one digs into the underlying ideas. Many…

  • Apr282020

    Salafist Groups’ use of Social Media and its Implications for Prevention

    Researchers largely agree that radicalisation processes mostly include both real-world and virtual conditions. However, the interaction of both spheres has…

  • Apr272020

    Comparing Jihadist and Far-Right Extremist Narratives on COVID-19

    It should come as no surprise that extremist groups are talking about COVID-19. Beyond the immediate public health emergency, this…

  • Apr232020

    The Amalgamation of Virtuality and Reality in Radicalisation Processes

    Virtuality has long since become an integral part of the world we live in today. It is thus not surprising…

  • Apr222020

    The ‘Incel’ Ideology Continues to Build a Strong Following in the Online ‘Manosphere’

    While most of the counterterrorism community has focused on the threat posed by Salafi-jihadists and radical right-wing extremists, the growth…

  • Apr212020

    Online Antisemitism in Times of COVID-19

    On 7 April, Germany’s Commissioner on antisemitism Felix Klein warned of a surge in antisemitism with the spread of the…

  • Apr212020

    5G and the Far Right: How Extremists Capitalise on Coronavirus Conspiracies

    Not since 9/11 has a global event given so much opportunity to conspiracy theorists as the novel coronavirus pandemic.  The…

  • Apr152020

    “#CoronaJihad”: How the Far-Right in India is Responding to the Pandemic

    A number of far-right extremists have recently taken to social media platforms to spread conspiratorial content about COVID-19. Such conspiracy…

  • Apr152020

    Coronavirus and Official Islamic State Output: An Analysis

    ‘Islamic State is avoiding Europe/telling fighters to avoid Europe’: headlines and stories along these lines circulated in many media outlets…

  • Apr142020

    Islamic State Propaganda in India

    The 221st issue of Islamic State’s (IS) al-Naba’ newsletter was perhaps the first time IS dedicated an entire page to…

  • Apr082020

    The Coronavirus as a Means to an End: Extremist Reinterpretations of the Pandemic

    Various aspects of society and everyday life have become affected by the clampdown on the Coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions…

  • Apr082020

    The COVID Conspiracy Files

    The world is now four months into the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant infodemic. Though efforts have been made to…

  • Apr062020

    Cumulative Extremism Online: How Moral and Strategic Aims Predict Narrative Escalation

    Often when extremisms come about, they don’t occur in isolation. In the UK, for example, the emergence of extremist mobilisations…

  • Apr032020

    “War Isn’t Hell; It’s Entertainment“: The Potential Role of Video Games in Radicalisation Processes

    The last years have demonstrated that extremists’ target audience has become progressively younger: in 2016 a 12-year-old was arrested in…

  • Mar312020

    The Visual Culture of Far-Right Terrorism

    Since 2019, with the attacks in Christchurch, Poway, El Paso, Bærum and Halle, a new form of right-wing terrorism has…

  • Mar272020

    Vicarious Trauma From Online Extremism Research – A Call to Action

    Academic research into terrorism and online radicalisation has spiked in recent years, arguably caused, in part, by the rise of…

  • Mar242020

    What Makes Far-Right Rhetoric So Dangerous? Narratives of Imperilment as Justification of Violence

    Imagine the following: Person A is constantly trying to convince person B that person C wants to kill him. He…

  • Mar192020

    How Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia’s Message Framing Primed Its Members To Become Recruits For The Islamic State

    There are a number of reasons why Tunisians joined the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria, and Libya. One underappreciated aspect…

  • Mar162020

    The Globalisation of Right-Wing Copycat Attacks

    The World Wide Web unites the world by connecting people from far off places. From Norway to New Zealand, across…

  • Mar132020
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    The Coronavirus and Islamic State Supporters Online

    As the world focuses on the spread and containment of the coronavirus (COVID-19), statements on the virus are also appearing…

  • Mar092020

    Pilgrimage to the Platform: The Repeat Audience for ‘Muslim News’

    ‘Baqiyya’ The audience of the Islamic State-affiliated Muslim News platform is in the parlance of the group — “baqiyya,” or…

  • Mar052020

    The Temporal Evolution of a Far-Right Forum

    Radical message boards, large- and small-scale social media platforms, and other Internet fringes are thought to have played a role…

  • Mar022020

    YouTube’s Role as a Platform for Extremism

    YouTube is a hugely important platform via which individuals – in particular adolescents – access information about topics of everyday…

  • Feb282020

    Abdullah el Faisal’s Persistent Screed

    Ideas never die. At no point does this age old maxim seem more relevant than in the age of the…

  • Feb262020

    How Terrorists Use the Internet for Weapons and Component Procurement

    When Salman Abedi was buying material to build the bomb he would use to attack the Ariana Grande concert in…

  • Feb242020

    Far-Right Terrorism is Global, but Coverage is Not: Hindu Nationalist Violence in India

    Last week brought news of a tragic event in Germany with a right-wing terrorist attack in the city of Hanau.…

  • Feb202020

    Hiding in Plain Site: Islamic State’s ‘Muslim News’

    Salafi-jihadist groups like al-Qaeda and Islamic State thrive in ungoverned spaces. Mali is no exception. And neither is its domain…

  • Feb172020

    Points, Rankings & Raiding the Sorcerer’s Dungeon: Top-down and Bottom-up Gamification of Radicalisation and Extremist Violence

    The research on gamification, defined as “the use of game elements in non-gaming contexts” usually aimed at facilitating a desirable…

  • Feb132020

    Online Extremism in Latin America- An Overview

    A look at the landscape of online extremism in Latin America stands to add to our overall understanding of this…

  • Feb102020

    Shooting for Impact: Google‘s €10 Million Investment in Countering Online Extremism

    What can we do to make our communities and citizens safe from online hate speech and extremist propaganda? At the…

  • Feb062020

    Islamic State Adjusts Strategy to Remain on Telegram

    Could Islamic State’s next digital home be…. Telegram? Over the past few months a sustained operation led by EU law…

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