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  • Feb012021

    Jihadists at Play

    When I began working on The Idols of ISIS: From Assyria to the Internet, I used research funds to buy…

  • Jan282021

    3D-Printed Gun Laws: Girding for the Future of Terrorism

    In January 2021, the city-state of Singapore – which takes a firm stance against terrorism –  passed a new law…

  • Jan272021

    From MAGA to the Fringe: What Was Happening Online Before the 6 January Insurrection and What Can We Do Now?

    The last four to five years have seen a higher visibility surrounding the “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) pro-Trump movement…

  • Jan262021

    Researching the Far-Right in a World on Pause: An Overview of Secondary, Public and Archival Data Sources

    In the immediate aftermath of the 6 January attacks on the United States Capitol Building, in Washington D.C., it seemed…

  • Jan262021

    Turner Diaries: Defining a Movement

    I first encountered the Turner Diaries in 1999, when a friend shared the book, with the advice that the novel…

  • Jan252021

    “Take Nothing But Pictures, Leave Nothing But (Digital) Footprints”: Social Media Evidence From the US Capitol Siege Perpetrators

    As the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice continue their investigations into the alleged insurrectionists at the US…

  • Jan222021

    Extremism in the Manosphere During the Presidential Transition

    In recent months, the use of technology and social media to advance conspiracies and far-right ideologies has been the subject…

  • Jan212021

    Alt-Tech and Online Organising After the Capitol Riots

    Since the deadly riots at the US Capitol on 6 January, social media platforms associated with the ‘Alt-Tech’ or ‘alternative…

  • Jan212021

    Countering the Veil of Deep Encryption

    For Australians, it is an image that will forever define the scourge of Islamist terrorism. The smiling face of Khaled…

  • Jan202021

    The Impact of the Capitol Attacks on Extremist Operational Security

    Operational security (OPSEC), both online and offline, remains a priority for many violent extremist groups and their members. As such…

  • Jan192021

    Anti-5G, Infrastructure Sabotage, and COVID-19

    On 25 December 2020, as most Christians were celebrating with their families, a 63-year-old, white male, and longtime resident of…

  • Jan192021

    Big Data and Counter-Terrorism: Uses and Boundaries

    This blog post is a concept note for a T.M.C Asser Institute/ICCT workshop on uses of big data in the…

  • Jan182021

    Redpill the “Parler Refugees”: White Supremacist Strategies for Radicalising Trump Supporters on Telegram

    On 6 January, insurrectionists stormed the US capitol and disrupted the confirmation of election results in the House and Senate;…

  • Jan182021

    Beyond the ‘LULZ’: Memifying Murder as ‘Meaningful’ Gamification in Far-Right Content

    Research on the relationship between video games and extremist propaganda has been increasing in the last few years in both…

  • Jan152021

    Attack Dates as Terrorist Messaging

    In the aftermath of the violent political events of 6 January 2021 at the US Capitol, a cascade of governmental…

  • Jan152021

    Why Deplatforming the Extreme Right is a Lot More Challenging than Deplatforming IS

    In the wake of the mob violence at the US Capitol last week, Amarnath Amarasingam published a 17-part Twitter thread…

  • Jan132021

    Ashli Babbitt: A Far-Right Martyr of the Insurrection

    On 6 January, during the insurrection on Capitol Hill, Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot in the neck by Capitol police…

  • Jan122021

    Intersection of Social Media, Foreign Policy and Extreme Narratives: An Example from India

    In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world and states struggled to contain the economic fallout of shutting…

  • Jan112021

    From #ArsonEmergency to #DanLiedPeopleDied: How Extremist Messaging Co-Opts Emergency Events on the Australian Twittersphere

    Australia experienced two major emergency events in 2020, starting off with the summer bushfires, followed shortly after by the coronavirus…

  • Jan072021

    3D-Printed Guns, Untraceable Firearms, and Domestic Violent Extremist Actors

    While uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to fuel a massive increase in domestic gun sales, a supporter of the…

  • Jan062021

    Eco-Fascism: More than Tree-Loving Terrorists

    The climate and ecological crisis was one of the dominating issues in 2019. Boosted by the visible environmental and ecological…

  • Jan042021

    Easily Reproducible – The Structure of Islamic State Videos

    Islamic State (IS) was perhaps the first jihadist group to produce video formats in a (quasi-)professional fashion: especially during the…

  • Dec182020

    Deradicalisation by Videoconference

    The pandemic has pushed the boundaries of what is possible (and appropriate) on videoconferencing applications. Despite strange side-effects like Zoom…

  • Dec172020

    ‘Crisis and a Loss of Control’ – Digital Extremism in German-Speaking Countries During the COVID-19 Crisis

    COVID-19 and the Extremist Hijacking of Anti-Lockdown Protests The COVID-19 pandemic has led to drastic changes to our lives and…

  • Dec162020

    Mitigating the Impact of Media Reporting of Terrorism

    This blog post is a summary of key findings from research published by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism as part…

  • Dec152020

    Claiming and Glorifying Environmental Terrorism Online: The Case of PKK’s ‘Children of Fire Initiative’

    On 9 October 2020, devastating forest fires broke out in multiple locations of Hatay province and became headlines in Turkey.…

  • Dec142020

    After Christchurch: Mapping Online Right-Wing Extremists

    For all the hate, sometimes extending to talk of violence, the extremist milieu feature is also a highly social space.…

  • Dec102020

    Paved With Good Intentions: How the EU Legislative Process has Placed Internet Voluntary Counter Extremism Near the Edge of the Legal Wilderness

    The modest progress towards the modernisation and replacement of the current EU ePrivacy Directive has led to an uncomfortable legislative…

  • Dec092020

    Praising Jihadist Attacks on TikTok and the Challenge of Protecting Youths From Online Extremism

    On 26 November 2020, a Pakistani imam from a small town north of Paris was sentenced to 18 months in…

  • Dec082020

    The Sudden Rise of Indian Tech Platforms: Are they Prepared for the Challenge of Online Extremism?

    The recent political crisis between India and China precipitated by the clashes on the disputed border between the two states…

  • Dec072020

    Assessing the Impact of U.S. Presidential Election Results on Extreme Right-Wing Mobilisation Online

    Research has overwhelmingly found that central offline events influence online activity and highlight an important interaction between people’s on- and…

  • Dec042020

    Cyber Surveillance Technology, Unchecked – Can the Global Export Control Regime be a Stabiliser?

    The proliferation and abuse of cyber surveillance technology is a global policy problem. Such a global problem requires a set…

  • Dec032020

    Why Academic Struggles Over Words Matter

    Politicians, the media, and social media users alike have framed recent attacks in Europe as instances of “Islamist” violence. The…

  • Dec022020

    Of Challengers and Socialisers: How User Types Moderate the Appeal of Extremist Gamified Applications

    Recent years have seen an increase in the gamification of digital extremist content and discussions around the potential implications of…

  • Nov302020

    Exploring the Link Between Uncertainty, Ahistoricism and Algorithms

    We are living in a time of extreme uncertainty. Nothing seems real because any fact is contestable. There are several…

  • Nov262020

    Now Streaming: “Love Jihad” on Netflix

    Until now, Netflix was a tech company that did not have to address issues related to extremism on its platform.…

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