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The Third Annual GNET Conference (24-25th May 2023)

Hybrid: In-person (London, UK) & Virtual (Zoom)

The Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET), a project of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), is delighted to announce that its third annual conference will take place 24-25 May, 2023 at King’s College London. Participants will have the option to join virtually or in-person.

The GNET Conference aims to explore the complex and evolving relationship between terrorism, violent extremism and technology. Over one and a half days, we will host six panels featuring international experts from a range of industries and disciplines.

Speakers and attendees will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and insights on pressing issues at this critical intersection, including:

  • An Update on the Online Extremist Landscapes: Accelerationism, Mixed, Unstable & Unclear (MUU), Islamists
  • Online Extremism in the New South: Local Knowledge and Solutions
  • The Impact of Extremism Research on Researcher Mental Health
  • Gaming and Online Extremism: Threats and Opportunities
  • Gendered Approaches to Online Violent Extremism
  • GNET Report Launch: The Theorisation of Feminist Cybersecurity to Identifying and Tackling (Online) Extremism

Approved in-person attendees will receive an email with event location details; approved virtual attendees will receive a dial-in link.

For any questions about the conference or registration, please email [email protected]

Conference Programme:

Wednesday 24th May

Registration open
14:30 BST

Conference Introduction and Welcome
15:00 – 15:15 BST

An Update on the Online Extremist Landscapes: Accelerationism, Mixed, Unstable & Unclear (MUU), Islamists
15:15 – 17:00 BST
Panelists:

  • Erin Saltman, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) – Chair
  • Matthew Kriner, Accelerationism Research Consortium (ARC)
  • Hannah Rose, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR)
  • Meili Criezis, Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL)
  • Kabir Taneja, Observer Research Foundation (ORF)

Thursday 25th May

Registration open
09:00 BST

Online Extremism in the New South: Local Knowledge and Local Solutions
09:30 – 11:00 BST
Panellists:

  • Dina Hussein, Meta – Chair
  • Folahanmi Aina, King’s College London & John Sunday Ojo, Leiden University
  • Moustafa Ayad, Insitute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD)
  • Munira Mustaffa, Chasseur Group
  • Mona Thakkar, International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE)

The Impact of Extremism Research on Researcher Mental Health
11:30 – 12:30 BST
Panellists:

  • Nicola Mathieson, GNET – Chair
  • Miron Lakomy & Maciej Bożek, University of Silesia 
  • Elizabeth Pearson, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Stevie Voogt, Moonshot & Fazeelat Duran, University of Birmingham

Gaming and Online Extremism: Threats and Opportunities
13:30 – 15:00 BST
Panellists:

  • Jessica White, Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN)/Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) – Chair 
  • Rachel Kowert, Take This
  • Galen Englund, Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN)
  • Ashton Kingdon, University of Southampton
  • Charley Gleeson, Tech Against Terrorism (TAT)

Gendered Approaches to Online Violent Extremism
15:30 – 17:00 BST
Panellists:

  • Anne Craanen, Tech Against Terrorism – Chair
  • Barbara Molas, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT)
  • Blyth Crawford, King’s College London
  • Anna Meier, University of Nottingham
  • Ye Bin Won, Georgetown & Jordan Chapman, Kings College London

GNET Report Launch: The Theorisation of Feminist Cybersecurity to Identify and Tackle (Online) Extremism
17:00 – 18:00 BST
Panellists:

  • Nicola Mathieson, GNET – Chair 
  • Elsa Bengtsson-Meuller, Goldsmiths