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  • Nov202023

    The Gangster and the Bride: The Framing of Femininity and Masculinity in News Coverage of Jihadist Terrorism

    Introduction At its height, the Islamic State (IS) posed not only imminent security challenges but also brought to light the…

  • Nov172023

    Hindutva Disinformation Machine: How India is Using the Israel-Palestine War to Spur Anti-Muslim Sentiment at Home

    Introduction Amidst the flood of unverified and misleading claims on the Israel-Palestine war, India has emerged as an unlikely leading…

  • Nov152023

    ‘We Don’t Co-parent with the Government’: Gender Ideology as a Global Culture War

    Introduction On 22 January 2023, the New York Times ran an article under the headline ‘When Students Change Gender Identity,…

  • Nov132023

    For the Lulz?: AI-generated Subliminal Hate is a New Challenge in the Fight Against Online Harm

    Content Warning: this Insight contains antisemitic and hateful imagery Many social media networks actively remove harmful content from their platforms.…

  • Nov102023

    How the Indian Far-Right is Using the Israeli Conflict to Spread Islamophobic Disinformation

    The ongoing hostilities between Israel and Palestine have brought several aspects of the conflict into sharp focus. One critical dimension…

  • Nov082023

    ‘Yup, Another Far-right Classic’: The Propagation of Far-right Content on TikTok in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines

    Introduction Since its launch in 2017, TikTok’s user base has grown significantly from 347.1 million to 1.7 billion in 2022.…

  • Nov062023

    A Revival of Online Terror Propaganda Ecosystems in Afghanistan and Pakistan

    Introduction Two years following the Taliban’s return to power in Kabul, the now prevailing ecosystem of the so-called Islamic Emirate…

  • Nov032023

    Behind the Instagram Posts: The Role of Female Influencers on the Far-Right

    Within the study of terrorism and extremism, women remain an overlooked subject group, especially when considering women as perpetrators or…

  • Oct312023

    How al-Shabaab is Using Social Media to Build a Bridge between Gaza and Somalia

    Content warning: This Insight contains graphic imagery of war – some images have been blurred. Introduction While the world’s focus…

  • Oct302023

    “Let Them Kill Each Other”: The Israel-Palestine War is the Perfect Storm for Canada’s Far-Right

    Introduction Historic tensions in Israel and Palestine have again escalated to horrific violence. Following coordinated attacks by Hamas militants on…

  • Oct272023

    The Evolution of Indian Left-Wing Extremism in the Digital Era: Tactics, Impact, and Counter Strategy

    Introduction The trajectory of left-wing extremism (LWE) in India has fluctuated, transitioning from once being considered the foremost internal security…

  • Oct252023

    Tracing 400 Years of Mass Media Misogynoir: A History of Weaponisation by White Male Supremacists

    Introduction The subjugation of women to physical harm and socioeconomic oppression is a fundamental component of white supremacy. For centuries,…

  • Oct232023

    Emojis of Terror: Telegram’s Role in Perpetuating Extremism in the October 2023 Hamas-Israel War

    Introduction On the morning of 7 October 2023, an unprecedented event unfolded in the Middle East: members of Palestinian armed…

  • Oct202023

    Technology and its Pivotal Role in Hamas’s Successful Attacks on Israel

    Introduction Technology, we have been told, is fundamental to winning wars. This can be observed throughout history and in current…

  • Oct192023

    Pro-Islamic State Supporters’ Responses to the Israel-Hamas Conflict

    Following Hamas’s 7 October 2023 terrorist attack, Israel conducted a series of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip and, according to…

  • Oct172023

    Challenges and Considerations in Countering Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviours in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    Introduction In recent years, the proliferation of coordinated inauthentic behaviours on social networks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)…

  • Oct162023

    Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviours and Conflict Amplification in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    Introduction The eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has long been plagued by conflict, violence, and societal…

  • Oct132023

    From Telegram to the Tate: Patriotic Alternative, Anti-Drag Activism and Offline Mobilisation

    Introduction Far-right transphobia has found an outlet in anti-drag activism, with a particular focus on educational drag shows for children.…

  • Oct112023

    The Online Space as a Catalyst for Radicalisation in North Macedonia

    Introduction  This Insight draws on empirical research conducted in two localities in North Macedonia and a discourse analysis of online…

  • Oct092023

    Far-Right Extremist Exploitation of AI and Alt-Tech: The Need for P/CVE Responses to an Emerging Technological Trend

    Content warning: This Insight contains examples of anti-Semitic & Islamophobic, far-right propaganda. Introduction Far-right groups have increasingly been able to…

  • Oct062023

    3D-Printed Weapons and the Far-Right: The Finnish Accelerationist Cell

    Introduction In July 2023, the Häme Police Department in collaboration with the Finland Central Criminal Police revealed that a four-man…

  • Oct042023

    The New Online Radicals: The Third Generation of Online Radicalisation

    Introduction When a 13-year-old boy was caught by Estonian police in early 2020 leading a major international terrorist organisation, shockwaves…

  • Oct022023

    Tankies: A Data-driven Understanding of Left-Wing Extremists on Social Media

    Introduction In an era where social media has become a powerful platform for political discourse and activism, the narratives of…

  • Sep292023

    Unmasking Islamophobic Disinformation in the Aftermath of Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday Attack 

    Introduction      Disinformation is a soft security notion that leads to hard security threats. It involves deliberately spreading false information with…

  • Sep272023

    Milk Parties and Soyjaks: Understanding The Alt-Right’s Metapolitical Appropriation of Milk

    Introduction  The imagery and symbolism associated with milk – from fertility and motherhood to purity and strength – have long…

  • Sep252023

    ‘A New Image of Terror and Dread’: The Significance Of Dark Foreigner’s Arrest

    Content Warning: this Insight contains images of neo-Nazi propaganda Introduction On 5 July 2023, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)…

  • Sep222023

    From British Imperialism to ‘Globohomo’: Analysing the Irish Far-Right’s Engagement with Irish Nationalism on Telegram

    Introduction Ireland has seen limited instances of far-right and xenophobic nationalism, as left-wing political movements predominantly shape the nationalist landscape.…

  • Sep202023

    An Evolving Threat Landscape: Composite Violent Extremism and Prevention Efforts

    Introduction A year before William Atchison carried out the 2017 Aztec High School shooting in New Mexico, killing two people…

  • Sep182023

    Mapping Extremist Discourse Communities on Telegram: The Case of the Russian Imperial Movement

    Introduction Telegram hosts thousands of groups and channels associated with extremism. This Insight contributes to a growing literature applying computational…

  • Sep152023

    QAnon, Political Radicalisation and January 6th: A Gendered Perspective

    Introduction By now, many have heard of QAnon, an online phenomenon that originated in late October of 2017, when the…

  • Sep132023

    Authoritarian Platforms: Far-right Radicalisation Amidst Economic Precarity in Brazil

    Introduction When I started my fieldwork in an informal street market in Brazil, I was greeted with the statement ‘Welcome…

  • Sep112023

    Why We Should Care about Christian Identity Ideology and its Links to Antisemitic Mobilisation 

    Introduction  In 2022, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported that antisemitic incidents in the United States – including assault, vandalism, and…

  • Sep072023

    Towards a Policy Framework for Addressing Violent Conspiracy Theory Movements

    In this GNET Insights miniseries, ISD experts explore the complex intersection of conspiracy theories, violence and extremism. In the fourth…

  • Sep062023

    Culture, Community and Narratives: Key Elements of Violent Conspiracy Theories 

    Across this GNET Insights miniseries, ISD experts explore the complex intersection of conspiracy theories, violence and extremism. In the third…

  • Sep052023

    Beyond Terrorism: Understanding the Diverse Violent Outcomes of Conspiracy Beliefs

    Across this GNET Insights miniseries, ISD experts explore the complex intersection of conspiracy theories, violence and extremism. In the second…

  • Sep042023

    Conspiracy Theories, Extremism and Violence: Why and When do Conspiracy Beliefs Lead to Violence?

    Across this Insights miniseries, ISD experts explore the complex intersection of conspiracy theories, violence and extremism. In the first article…

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