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.
14th September 2022The Tate Storm: Why Banning Andrew Tate from Social Media Will Not Stop the ‘King of Toxic Masculinity’Abhinaya Murthy
12th September 2022Analysing Terrorgram Publications: A New Digital ZineMatthew Kriner and Bjørn Ihler
08th September 2022Right-Wing Extremists’ Use of the Internet: Emerging Trends in the Empirical LiteratureDr. Ryan Scrivens, Tiana Gaudette, Dr. Maura Conway and Dr. Thomas J. Holt
31st August 2022The Time for e-Democracy is Now: How a Digitally Functional Democracy Could Prevent Extremist AccelerationismJon Deedman
25th August 2022Humour in Jihadi Rhetoric: A Comparative Analysis of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, TTP, and the TalibanWeeda Mehran
23rd August 2022Incel Extremism in India: A View from the Global SouthGurpreet Kaur
19th August 2022How QAnon is Dealing With The FBI Raid on TrumpMike Rains
15th August 2022Understanding The Incel Experience OnlineMaeve Park
10th August 2022Inside Hindutva’s Great Replacement ConspiracyShweta Desai