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  • Nov252020

    Upvoting Extremism: Collective Identity Formation and the Extreme Right on Reddit

    Researchers who have explored right-wing extremists’ use of the Internet have typically focused their attention on dedicated hate sites and…

  • Nov232020

    American Interest in Global Jihad – A Google Trend Analysis

    Radicalisation, jihadism and terrorism-related issues were not extensively addressed during the 2020 US presidential campaign. In contrast to all previous…

  • Nov202020

    Cyberwar on Twitter: Cyber-Vigilantes vs Islamic State

    With the multiplication of online jihadi content and terrorist attacks in the West in recent years, some users and hacktivist…

  • Nov182020

    Offline Meets Online: A Fused Messaging Ecosystem in Response to Violent Extremism in Mindanao

    Conflict in Mindanao is rooted in both socioeconomic factors and identity politics. At present, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim…

  • Nov162020

    Online Terrorist Content: Is it Time for an Independent Regulator?

    In April 2019, the U.K. Government published its Online Harms white paper. This proposed the creation of a new independent…

  • Nov132020

    Baghdadi Fan Mail

    An earlier version of this Insight incorrectly mentioned Denmark in the table below, instead of Austria. This has now been…

  • Nov112020

    Preempting the Storm: DOJ Moves to Tackle Terrorist and Criminal Use of Cryptocurrencies with Bolder International Approach

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the publication of a Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework penned by the Attorney General’s…

  • Nov092020

    Extremist Experimentation with Text-Based Instant Messaging Applications

    The text-based instant messaging platform Telegram has become a chief coordinating forum for several extremist online milieus over the past…

  • Nov062020

    Social Media and the Murder of Samuel Paty

    Could better monitoring have prevented a terror attack? If we recap the spiral of events that led to the beheading…

  • Nov052020

    The Hate Matrix of Online Gaming

    The word that the extreme right use to describe the political radicalisation of newcomers to their worldview is “red pilling”.…

  • Nov032020

    Linear Relationships Between Islamic State’s Extent of Territorial Control and its Visual Messaging Campaign

    The importance of online media campaigns to non-state, militant groups is difficult to overstate and a folly to ignore. Online…

  • Nov022020

    From ShamiWitness to QMap: The Movement of ‘One’ in Online Radicalisation

    The development of the right-wing conspiracy ecosystem known as QAnon in and around the US elections has been witnessed with…

  • Oct302020

    Rethinking Bioterrorism Post COVID-19

    COVID-19 has demonstrated the need for greater strategic and operational integration between public health and national security agencies. It has…

  • Oct292020

    What’s in a Meme? The Rise of “Saint Kyle”

    The media has been captured the past two weeks with the news of the FBI and Michigan police pressing charges…

  • Oct282020

    Examining the Developmental Pathways of Online Posting Behaviour in Violent Right-Wing Extremist Forums

    Researchers, practitioners, and policymakers have paid close attention to the presence of terrorists and extremists online in recent years, with…

  • Oct272020

    Digital Dunes and Shrublands: A Comparative Introduction to the Sahelian Jihadi Propaganda Ecosystem

    The Sahel comprises some of the world’s poorest countries. Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger are undergoing several crises that together…

  • Oct262020

    LOL Extremism: Humour in Online Extremist Content

    Humour is a staple of life found in in-person interactions and in virtual environments. Many of us have viewed, shared,…

  • Oct222020

    Hindutva Vigilantism: Online Hate, Offline Harms

    India is witnessing a steep rise in ethno-religious majoritarianism, and social media is playing a significant role in empowering Hindu…

  • Oct212020

    Revisiting the Ecosystem of Islamic State’s ‘Virtual Caliphate’

    The current ‘post-caliphate’ era of Islamic State (IS) has been widely discussed in recent years, following the organisation’s loss of…

  • Oct192020

    French Jihadism on the Internet: A Quantitative Overview

    France has been one of the most-targeted Western countries by jihadist organisations in the past 5 years and one of…

  • Oct162020

    Jihadi Media and Online Secrecy as Doctrinal Values

    The significant role of jihadists stationed in online battlefields was reflected as early as 2006 in the communicative philosophy of…

  • Oct142020

    Online White Supremacy: Looking for a Place to Spread Hate in the Age of Multiple Communication Platforms

    Introduction A study by the Anti-Defamation League, which was published in early 2020, has found that American right-wing extremists were…

  • Oct122020

    Macron’s Plan for Fighting Islamist Radicalisation – Offline

    On 2 October French president Macron presented a 5-point plan to address Islamist radicalisation. It is one of the most…

  • Oct092020

    Lessons for 2020 from the Islamic State Online Fanclub

    In 2015 one of the key problems for social media platforms was the rise of Islamic State (IS), their supporters…

  • Oct072020

    A Comparison of Australian and Canadian Right-Wing Extremist Facebook Group Pages

    It’s well known that social media platforms play a significant role in facilitating right-wing extremist support networks and propagating extremist…

  • Oct052020

    Conspiracy Extremism and Digital Complexity – Where to Start?

    As the global COVID-19 pandemic rolls on, conspiracy theories are fuelling protests, altercations between citizens and law enforcement, property damage…

  • Oct022020

    Toxic #Cybercampaigns: The Muslim Cyber Army versus Militant Pluralism

    Social media campaigns are exacerbating a lurch towards polarisation in Indonesia. Fissures in Indonesian society brought about by large-scale ethnic…

  • Oct012020

    Online Subcultures and the Challenges of Moderation

    Introduction To those who grew up on the Internet, chan culture is nothing new – nor is it immediately synonymous…

  • Sep292020

    Exposing Terror, Building Resilience: Harnessing Citizen Journalists and Social Media to Confront Terrorism

    “I can’t report”; “I don’t trust the security forces to report”; “I have reported before, but he–the terrorist–was released”; “reporting…

  • Sep252020

    Geographically Contextualising Right-Wing Extremism for Tech Platforms: A Perspective From India

    A rise in right-wing extremism in the United States has forced the FBI to call out a domestic terrorism threat.…

  • Sep242020

    Increased Visibility of Far-Right Movements in Australia During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Australia, once touted as a model for a considered and sustainable approach to COVID-19 is now in an interesting position…

  • Sep222020

    Diaries of Female Jihadists Imprisoned in Al-Hol Camp: An Analysis

    Al-Hol Camp is located in Northern Syria, and shelters close to 70,000 people; mostly women and children who previously lived…

  • Sep212020

    Part 2: Algorithmic Agency in Online Extremism: The Bigger Picture

    The rapid pace of technological evolution and tactics of adversarial attacks confer epistemic authority to data scientists. These experts play…

  • Sep182020

    Striking Similarities Between Islamist Terrorism and Violent Right-Wing Extremism

    In his book Identity: Contemporary Identity Politics and the Struggle for Recognition (2018), Francis Fukuyama describes nationalism and Islamism as…

  • Sep172020

    No Child’s Play: The Identitarian Movement’s ‘Patriotic’ Video Game

    On 15 September, the German-speaking branch of the Identitarian Movement (Identitäre Bewegung; IB) released its first video game: A classic…

  • Sep152020

    Part 1: Algorithmic Deconstruction in the Context of Online Extremism

    Threats to cyberspace typically arise from intentional agents as well as systemic threats that emanate from the innate unpredictability of…

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