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  • Dec212022

    ‘Tis the Season to Sell Extremism: Far-Right Christmas Ads and the Parallel Economy

    During the Christmas period, most companies attempt to entice holiday shoppers with festive jingles and holiday sales. Gab, a social…

  • Dec202022

    How the Taliban is Building New Grey Areas for Global Tech to Address

    Introduction It has been more than a year since horrifying images of the botched US withdrawal from Afghanistan emerged. The…

  • Dec192022

    Tracing the Evolution of Far-Right Movement Framing in Australia

    Introduction This Insight uses current and archived online content and social movement framing theory to trace the ideological progression of…

  • Dec162022

    Generation Doomer: How Nihilism on Social Media is Creating a New Generation of Extremists

    Introduction  A report from Common Sense Media found that on average, pre-teens spend about five and a half hours in…

  • Dec142022

    Rage Clicks, Hatebomb and the New World Order: How Hard-Right Politics and Conspiracy Theories Overlapped to Undermine Malaysia’s Elections

    Introduction In the wake of Malaysia’s 15th General Election (GE15) on November 19, 2022, hate content and conspiracy theories concerning…

  • Dec132022

    The Online Footprint of the Dover Migrant Centre Terrorist 

    Introduction On 30th October 2022, a man threw petrol bombs at a migrant centre at Western Jet Foil in Dover,…

  • Dec122022

    The Cissexist Assemblages of Content Moderation 

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Dec092022

    Misogynistic Extremism and the Fallacy of Technochauvinism

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Dec082022

    Research as Resistance: A Target-Centred Approach to Studying Anti-Queer and Trans Violence

    There is a numbness that comes with studying extremely violent events for over a decade. I am a scholar of…

  • Dec072022

    Influential Moms: Examining Extremist Influencer Mothers

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Dec062022

    Deconstructing the ‘Jewess’: an Exploration of Gendered Antisemitism

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Dec052022

    Traversing Online Spaces: The Use of Misogyny and Anti-Muslim Rhetoric in Buddhist Nationalist Extremism in Sri Lanka

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Dec032022

    Incel Extremism in India: A View from the Global South

    This Insight was originally posted on 25 August 2022, and is being reposted as part of GNET’s Gender and Online…

  • Dec022022

    Not all Superheros Wear Capes: Identity Triggers the Trolls

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Dec012022

    Gendered Narratives, the Online-Offline Nexus and the Far-Right in Australia

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Nov302022

    Gendered Online Messaging, Women’s Insecurities and the Impact of COVID on Violent Extremism Throughout the ASEAN Region

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Nov292022

    Fanning the Flames of Hate: The Transnational Diffusion of Online Anti-LGBT+ Rhetoric and Offline Mobilisation  

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Nov282022

    Challenging the Gatekeepers: the Experiences of Women of Colour Researchers in the Terrorism Studies Field

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Nov262022

    Online Platforms as Gendered Sites: Why We Should Pay Attention to Women-Only Forums

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. This series…

  • Nov252022

    The Challenges and Potential of Harnessing Technology for the Prevention of Gender-Based Violence and Violent Extremism 

    This Insight is part of GNET’s Gender and Online Violent Extremism series in partnership with Monash Gender, Peace and Security…

  • Nov232022

    Cranking Out Violence: Conspiracies are Driving More Politically-Motivated Attacks 

    In the early hours of October 28th, Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was awoken by an assailant…

  • Nov212022

    Extremist Action in Digital Gaming Spaces: The Role of Identity Fusion

    Radicalisation, Extremism, and Digital Games Over the last few years, the topics of extremism and radicalisation have reached the forefront…

  • Nov182022

    Islamic State Supporters on Twitter: How is ‘New’ Twitter Handling an Old Problem? 

    The ‘Impersonation’ Insurgency  Elon Musk has launched a war on “impersonation.” While most of those in his sights are parodying…

  • Nov162022

    Hitting Rock Bottom: The Radicalising Potential of Celebrity Culture 

    In less than a month, Kanye West went from being one of the world’s most famous musicians and designers to…

  • Nov142022

    Islamic Translation Centre (ITC): Taking Al-Qaeda’s Media Jihad Global 

    Introduction  In the Salafi-Jihadist milieu, Al Qaeda (AQ) and the Islamic State (IS) are in competition to attract new supporters…

  • Nov102022

    ‘All my Heroes are Dead’: The Untimely Demise of The American Futurist – James Mason Partnership

    On 30 October, the prominent accelerationist website The American Futurist announced: “We are cutting ties with James Mason effective immediately.”…

  • Nov092022

    The Role of Perceived Injustice and Need for Esteem on Incel Membership Online

    Introduction Incels, or involuntary celibates, is an increasingly popular subculture of men nestled within the online misogynist and male supremacist…

  • Nov042022

    Social Media, Conspiracies, and Brazil’s Presidential Transition

    On October 30, 2022, Brazilians voted in a presidential election that was closely watched around the world. For scholars of…

  • Nov022022

    Understanding Eco-Fascism: A Thematic Analysis of the Eco-Fascist Subculture on Telegram

    ‘Eco-fascism’ gained much attention following the 2019 Christchurch and El Paso attacks, with both attackers fusing environmental degradation and overpopulation…

  • Oct312022

    Extremists are Seeping Back into the Mainstream: Algorithmic Detection and Evasion Tactics on Social Media Platforms

    As ISIS established its caliphate in 2014, its supporters flooded mainstream social media platforms to share propaganda, plan attacks, and…

  • Oct262022

    Ideological Leaderless Resistance in the Digital Age

    “As for my ideology, it’s hard to say” These are the words of a teenage terrorist who killed two in…

  • Oct242022

    Extreme Right Radicalisation of Children via Online Gaming Platforms

    The world is experiencing a new wave of far-right terrorism. There are concerning developments. First, the use of online gaming…

  • Oct192022

    Playing Against Radicalisation: Why Extremists are Gaming and How P/CVE Can Leverage the Positive Effects of Video Games to Prevent Radicalisation

    The potential nexus between gaming and extremism is an increasingly important concern for researchers, tech companies, policymakers, and practitioners working…

  • Oct172022

    The Venomous Rhetorical Web of Far-Right Terrorists

    On September 14, 2022, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs questioned current and former executives from…

  • Oct142022

    The Bratislava Attacks: Insights from the Shooter’s Manifesto

    On Wednesday 12 October 2022, two people were killed by a gunman outside an LGBT+ bar in Bratislava, Slovakia. The…

  • Oct122022

    The Taliban’s Use of Twitter as a Tool to Spread their Voice

    Introduction According to the principle of realism described by Noam Chomsky in his book Propaganda and the Public Mind, those…

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