Once a government or tech company develops a definition of terrorism or violent extremism, it can be difficult to know how to apply these definitions to the variety of ways that terrorism and violent extremism manifests internationally and across online spaces.
This section of the site aims to highlight contextual resources on themes related to applying definitions to the online space. GIFCT funds the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET) to bring forward actionable insights from experts and practitioners around the world to better inform and give context to tech companies, governments, practitioners and other stakeholders in this field. Insights are curated here under context-based themes.
- Islamist Extremism
- White Supremacy
- Incel/Misogny Based Violence
- Conspiracy Theory
- Islamic State
- Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham
- Boko Haram
- Turkestan Islamic Party
- Patriotic Alternative
- National Socialist Network
- Identitarian Movement
- Decentralized Movements
Ideologically motivated violent groups and movements take different forms in different parts of the world. In a post-9/11 framework, and particularly since the rise of ISIS, most terrorist studies and counter-extremism work have focussed on Islamist extremist groups. However, we also see modern trends of groups associated with white supremacy and neo-Naziism, misogyny-based violent extremist groups often referred to as being part of the “incel” community, far-left groups, and neo-nationalist groups such as the Hindutva movement and Buddhist extremist groups in Asia. Across international far-right violent extremist trends we see an increase in violence inducing conspiracy theory networks, including new trends revolving around anti-vaccination movements and even anti-5G movements that have an effect on technology companies.
10th January 2024Slipping Through the Cracks: Recognising Extremist Misogyny Outside of InceldomErin Stoner
30th November 2023The Great Replacement in the Manosphere: Implications for TerrorismAlexander Faehrmann and Dr Steven Zech
28th November 2023Online Gendered Narratives, LGBTQI+ Targeting, and the Far-Right in Australia and the UKDr Alexandra Phelan, Claudia Wallner, Jessica White and James Paterson
27th November 2023Men, Masculinities and Memes: The Case of IncelsJayden Haworth
15th November 2023‘We Don’t Co-parent with the Government’: Gender Ideology as a Global Culture WarCatherine Tebaldi
03rd November 2023Behind the Instagram Posts: The Role of Female Influencers on the Far-RightJordan Chapman
02nd October 2023Tankies: A Data-driven Understanding of Left-Wing Extremists on Social MediaUtkucan Balci, Michael Sirivianos and Jeremy Blackburn
11th September 2023Why We Should Care about Christian Identity Ideology and its Links to Antisemitic MobilisationEliza Marks
04th September 2023Conspiracy Theories, Extremism and Violence: Why and When do Conspiracy Beliefs Lead to Violence?Jakob Guhl