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  • Mar152023

    Discourses of Violence in Incel Online Discussions After the Plymouth Shooting

    Introduction In August 2021, a young man attacked and killed his mother in Plymouth, UK. He then left his home,…

  • Mar142023

    Understanding Incels’ Online Behaviour and Perceptions of Hateful Content

    Introduction Recent years have seen an increase in awareness and concern about incels, or involuntarily celibate men, particularly because of…

  • Mar132023

    Incel PR: The Rebranding of the Incel Community & the Role of Media and Academia

    Certain usernames and names of forums have been removed to avoid amplifying their voices and platforms.  In August 2021, Jake…

  • Mar102023

    Can ‘Cyberterrorism’ Really Exist in Africa?

    Introduction Since the 1990s and the end of the Cold War, Africa has experienced a strong upward trend in ICT…

  • Mar062023

    Soliciting Online Bayʿat: Pro-Islamic State Responses to Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi’s Death

    On 30 November 2022, the official Islamic State spokesman, Abu Omar al-Muhajir, confirmed the death of Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi…

  • Mar032023

    The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan’s Enduring Influence on IS-Khurasan

    The Islamic State’s Khurasan Province (ISKP) has drastically expanded its propaganda apparatus in recent months, releasing a steady flow of…

  • Mar012023

    Rebranding the East Asia Knights: A Reflection of Dawlah Islamiyah’s Effort to Learn

    What is the East Asia Wilayah? On 8 January 2023, the main Southeast Asian Islamic State media channel, the East…

  • Feb272023

    Trends in Terrorist Use of the Internet in 2022 

    Terrorists were resilient online in 2022 and have continued to adapt their methods to ensure content remains available, such as…

  • Feb242023

    Technochauvinism and Online Extremism

    Introduction In recent years, we’ve witnessed the continued rise of technochauvinism and its sibling phenomena, ‘techno-solutionism’, which gained notoriety as…

  • Feb222023

    Duelling Narratives of Vitality and Victimhood on Right-Wing TikTok: Exploring the #Pureblood Trend

    This article is the first in a series of GNET Insights about fascist health-related trends. Introduction COVID-19 vaccines emerged as…

  • Feb202023

    Assessing the Impact of 3D-Printed Weapons on the Violent Extremist Milieu

    Introduction  In October 2022, British police raided a suspected gun factory in northwest London, which was found to be producing…

  • Feb172023

    Weapons of Mass Disruption: Artificial Intelligence and the Production of Extremist Propaganda

    Introduction In late 2022, OpenAI publicly released some of the most sophisticated deep-learning models – DALL-E and Chat GPT. These…

  • Feb152023

    The Dangers of Pseudohistorical Conspiracy Theories

    Introduction In November 2022, Netflix released their controversial documentary-style series entitled Ancient Apocalypse. It featured the musings of Graham Hancock,…

  • Feb102023

    Holocaust Memorial Day and the Contemporary Threat of Online Holocaust Denial 

    On 8 February 2023, the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), the Global Network on Extremism and Technology…

  • Feb092023

    Preventing Extremism through Storytelling and Gaming

    On 2 February 2023, GNET and the Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN) hosted a webinar on ‘Preventing Extremism through…

  • Feb082023

    From Atari to Allahu Akbar: Comparing White Supremacist and Jihadist Uses of Gamified Extremism

    Firas Mahmoud is a research fellow of the Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN). EGRN brings together world-leading counter-extremism organisations…

  • Feb062023

    God of Race War: The Utilisation of Viking-Themed Video Games in Far-Right Propaganda

    Ashton Kingdon is a Research Fellow of the Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN). EGRN brings together world-leading counter-extremism organisations…

  • Feb022023

    The Wieambilla Siege and Conspiracy-Fuelled Violent Extremism in Australia

    Introduction Gun violence is rare in Australia. In response to the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, Australia implemented strict gun…

  • Jan312023

    Millenarianism in Australia’s ‘Freedom Movement’

    Introduction In December 2022, a six-hour siege in Wieambilla, Queensland, ended with six people dead. Police had attended a property…

  • Jan302023

    More Than Just Pretty Pictures: A Comparison of Australian and Canadian Far-Right Extremist ‘Reaction’ Usage on Facebook 

    Introduction In recent years, a significant amount of research has paid attention to the widespread use of social media among…

  • Jan272023

    Mainstreaming Far-Right Conspiracies: Éric Zemmour’s Discourse as a Case Study

    Introduction Once relegated to the ‘fringe,’ conspiracies and narratives promulgated by members of the far-right movement have now moved into…

  • Jan252023

    Political Outrage Machines: Exploring the Algorithms Structuring Conspiracy TikTok

    The short-form streaming audio-video app TikTok has become near-synonymous with controversy—in no small part because of the spread of conspiratorial…

  • Jan232023

    The Brazilian Far-Right and the Path to January 8th

    Introduction On 8 January 2023, the Brazilian extreme right achieved international prominence. In Brasilia, the national capital, thousands of people…

  • Jan182023

    The Reichsbürger Coup: How the German COVID-19 Denier Scene and Anti-Lockdown Movement Became a Breeding Ground for Terrorism

    Introduction  In the early hours of 7 December 2022, the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office in Germany (der Generalbundesanwalt) arrested twenty-four…

  • Jan162023

    The Internet and Radicalisation Pathways: Technological Advances, Mental Health and the Role of Attackers

    Introduction In recent years, one of the primary concerns for policymakers and practitioners working in the field of counterterrorism has…

  • Jan122023

    Offline and Online Gender-Based Violence: Extremism Risk Assessment Tools and the Rise of the Incel Rebellion     

    Introduction In recent years, there have been increasing instances of online hate and gender-based violence against women. Reports of involuntary…

  • Jan102023

    Supreme Men, Subjected Women: Gender Inequality and Violence in Jihadist, Far-Right, and Male Supremacist Ideologies

    Introduction Recent extremist and terrorist violence has been committed by actors and groups with disparate ideologies, geographies, and religions. However,…

  • Jan062023

    Shifts in Domestic Extremist Movement Rhetoric, Two Years After the Capitol Siege 

    Much has been written about the Capitol riot on January 6 2021, but its aftereffects on a burgeoning domestic violent…

  • Jan032023

    Far-Right Factions And Threats After the United States Midterm Elections

    Another tense election season has come and gone in the United States, marked by threats of violence and far-right conspiracy…

  • 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…

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