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  • Jul282023

    Schrödinger’s Joke: The Weaponisation of Irony and Humour in the Alt-Right 

    Introduction The use of online memes is a cultural stamp of the alt-right community; the packaging of political ideology into…

  • Jul262023

    Fanboys or the Frontline?: How al-Shabaab’s Social Media Influencers are Controlling the Narrative 

    For over a decade, the Somali-based terrorist group al-Shabaab has prioritised media engagement as a critical component of its propaganda…

  • Jul242023

    Europe’s Thin Blue Line: How The Far-Right Imposes Its Ideology On The Police

    Introduction Since 2013, amidst a wave of high-profile cases of police brutality and the rise of the Black Lives Matter…

  • Jul212023

    Extremist Violence Against the Trans and LGBTQI+ Community in Australia: A Review of Recent Events

    Introduction Members of the LGBTQI+ community have long been targeted by far-right actors. However, across the last 12 months, violence…

  • Jul192023

    The ‘Critical’ and the ‘Sheep’: How Users of Far-Right Pages on Social Media See Themselves and the Mainstream

    This Insight summarises some of the findings presented in the article “Far-right virtual communities: Exploring users and uses of far-right…

  • Jul172023

    Beyond Fake News: Meta-Ideological Awareness (MIA) as an Antidote to Conspiracy and Radicalisation

    Introduction  Online misinformation and disinformation are widely recognised as detrimental to society, most of all due to their links with…

  • Jul132023

    Content Moderation Through Removal of Service: Content Delivery Networks and Extremist Websites

    Introduction Kiwifarms was an internet forum known for its active targeting and harassment of trans people. In August 2022, the…

  • Jul102023

    Are Jihadists Profiting from NFTs?

    In September 2022, the Wall Street Journal published a report on our discovery of NFTs created by the Islamic State…

  • Jul072023

    Tradwives: The Housewives Commodifying Right-Wing Ideology

    Introduction Gaining prominence since 2020, Tradwives are an influential online community of right-wing women who espouse a highly traditional heteronormative…

  • Jul052023

    Drone Use by Violent Extremist Organisations in Africa: The Case of Al-Shabaab

    Introduction The widespread adoption of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems, commonly referred to as drones, has had a significant impact…

  • Jul032023

    Falling Through the Cracks: Gender Bias in Online Counter-Terrorism and Prevention

    Introduction In Orientalism (1978), the book that shaped post-colonial studies, Edward Said tried to understand how and why colonised countries…

  • Jun302023

    How Gen Z is Changing Anti-Abortion Extremism Through ‘Queering’

    I follow lots of feminist pages. I’m in lots of feminist and leftist groups. I’m in different agnostic and atheist…

  • Jun282023

    Understanding Fashwave: The Alt-Right’s Ever-Evolving Media Strategy

    Introduction While far-right extremists have a history of attempting to co-opt musical genres and spaces (including punk rock and heavy…

  • Jun262023

    Moms for Liberty: The Use of Facebook to Spread Far-Right Propaganda and Change Public School Curriculum

    Who Are Moms for Liberty? Over the past two years, numerous American headlines have referenced a new, so-called ‘parental rights’…

  • Jun232023

    Terrorist Platform Migration: The Move to Smaller, Less Regulated Online Spaces

    Introduction and Background The internet provides terrorists and violent extremist organisations (VEOs) with novel and useful means of achieving their…

  • Jun212023

    Understanding Love Jihad: Historical Context, Impact, and Strategies of Dissemination

    Introduction The Love Jihad conspiracy theory, primarily propagated in India, alleges that Muslim men aim to convert Hindu women through…

  • Jun192023

    Break the Chain: Manifestos, Lone Wolf Terrorism, and the Nashville Shooting

    Introduction In March 2023,  six people were killed in a shooting at a Nashville elementary school. Three of the victims…

  • Jun162023

    ‘Arktos 2.0’:  Deplatforming and Digital Innovation in Far-Right Publishing 

    Introduction Founded in 2009, Artkos has since emerged as one of the leading English-language publishers of Eurasian, identitarian, and New…

  • Jun142023

    Remove Kebab: The Transnational Circulation of Far-Right Memes and The Memory of the Yugoslav Wars

    Introduction The 2019 terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand revealed the importance of the transnational circulation of memes for online…

  • Jun122023

    Does Artificial Intelligence Dream of Antisemitism? 

    Content warning: this Insight contains antisemitic language and imagery Introduction It’s probably been the topic of conversation at a dinner…

  • Jun092023

    How ‘Gnome Hunting’ Became TikTok’s Latest Antisemitic Dog Whistle

    Introduction In April 2023, a concerning trend emerged on TikTok called ‘gnome hunting’. While at face value, the trend depicted…

  • Jun072023

    ‘RedPilled AI’: A New Weapon for Online Radicalisation on 4chan

    Introduction Recently, the world of artificial intelligence large language models (LLMs) has witnessed a surge in competition between major tech…

  • Jun052023

    Fursan al-Tarjuma Carries the Torch of Islamic State’s Media Jihad

    Introduction In 2014,  Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the establishment of the caliphate and himself as caliph.…

  • Jun012023

    First-Person Propaganda, First-Person Shooters, and Gamification: A Different View 

    Introduction In the 1990s, debates raged about whether first-person shooter (FPS) games could cause violence. Following the 1999 Columbine shooting,…

  • May312023

    Accelerationism Meets Gamification: A Look at the Convergence in the Framing of Online Narratives

    Petra Regeni is a member of the Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN). EGRN brings together world-leading counter-extremism organisations to develop insights…

  • May232023

    Online Incitement and Small-Scale Terrorism: Violent Rhetoric from the Freedom Movement on Facebook

    Introduction Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) Director-General Mike Burgess recently warned that the next terrorist attack in Australia is likely…

  • May222023

    The State of Play: Islamic State Khorasan Province’s Anti-India Propaganda Efforts

    Introduction The Islamic State in Khorasan province (ISKP), operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has emerged as Islamic State’s (IS) most…

  • May192023

    Co-opting Cottagecore: Pastoral Aesthetics in Reactionary and Extremist Movements

    A young woman wearing a modest gingham dress sits in an apple orchard reading a book. A woven basket is…

  • May182023

    My Wish to be a #Tradwife: An Introduction to #tradwife Memes on Whisper

    Introduction Research into online extremist behaviour is centred around Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, 4chan, Telegram, and Gab. Studies focusing on platforms…

  • May172023

    Inside the Cult of Stefan Molyneux: A Historical Exploration of Far-Right Radicalisation on YouTube

    Introduction On June 29, 2020, YouTube removed 25,000 channels, including several prominent white supremacist figures such as David Duke, Richard…

  • May162023

    The Allen, Texas Mass Shooting: An Examination of Misogyny, Anti-Asian Racism, and Internalised Racism

    Introduction Following the mass shooting in Allen, Texas on 6 May, rumours quickly began circulating about the shooter’s background and…

  • May122023

    Analysing Harmful and Supremacist Narratives on Gab Homeschooling Groups

    Introduction In January 2023, VICE news reported on a Telegram channel dedicated to sharing white supremacist homeschooling curricula with other…

  • May102023

    The Revitalisation of Christian Identity Content on YouTube, Twitter, and TikTok 

    Introduction The last five years have witnessed the revitalisation of the Christian Identity (CI) movement in the modern extremist landscape.…

  • May092023

    Christgram: White Christian Extremism on Telegram

    This Insight focuses on white Christian extremist communities on Telegram, which have been growing in the context of a renewed…

  • May032023

    The Internet Consortium for Online Safety: How Collaborative Tech, Not Legislation, Could Prevent Harmful Content Proliferation

    Introduction Countering violent extremism (CVE) in a digital context sees practitioners grappling with the enterprise of removing terrorist and violent…

  • May012023

    Ari’s Mission: Educating Young Audiences on Conspiracy Theories Through Fictional Narratives

    Introduction Narrative campaigns against extremism and conspiracy theories are popular and widely used tools to prevent and/or counter (violent) extremism…

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