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.
06th March 2023Soliciting Online Bayʿat: Pro-Islamic State Responses to Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi’s DeathMeili Criezis and Mona Thakkar
15th February 2023The Dangers of Pseudohistorical Conspiracy TheoriesHarrison Pates
27th January 2023Mainstreaming Far-Right Conspiracies: Éric Zemmour’s Discourse as a Case StudySarah Cammarata
10th January 2023Supreme Men, Subjected Women: Gender Inequality and Violence in Jihadist, Far-Right, and Male Supremacist IdeologiesJoana Cook and Josh Roose
04th January 2023Far-Right Factions And Threats After the United States Midterm ElectionsPete Kurtz-Glovas
07th December 2022Influential Moms: Examining Extremist Influencer MothersYe Bin Won, Meili Criezis and Jordan Chapman
06th December 2022Deconstructing the ‘Jewess’: an Exploration of Gendered AntisemitismHannah Rose
01st December 2022Gendered Narratives, the Online-Offline Nexus and the Far-Right in AustraliaDr Alexandra Phelan and James Paterson
01st December 2022Not all Superheros Wear Capes: Identity Triggers the TrollsKesa White