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.


Regional Trends

While experts can point to overarching global trends in terrorism and violent extremism, we also know that there are significant regional and country-based variables in how these groups recruit, mobilize, propagandize, and coordinate attacks. There are also varying international trends in the types of platforms terrorists and violent extremists use in different parts of the world, their overarching aims and the ways their aims manifest online. GNET includes expert insights from academics and practitioners all over the world, feeding in the nuances and adversarial shifts they report on.

  • 17th April 2023
    Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP): Operating with Impunity Online
    Archie Macfarlane
  • 10th March 2023
    Can ‘Cyberterrorism’ Really Exist in Africa?
    Alta Grobbelaar
  • 03rd March 2023
    The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan’s Enduring Influence on IS-Khurasan
    Lucas Webber and Bruce Pannier
  • 01st March 2023
    Rebranding the East Asia Knights: A Reflection of Dawlah Islamiyah’s Effort to Learn
    Kenneth Yeo
  • 02nd February 2023
    The Wieambilla Siege and Conspiracy-Fuelled Violent Extremism in Australia
    Kristy Milligan
  • 31st January 2023
    Millenarianism in Australia’s ‘Freedom Movement’
    Gerard Gill
  • 23rd January 2023
    The Brazilian Far-Right and the Path to January 8th
    Odilon Caldeira Neto
  • 16th January 2023
    The Reichsbürger Coup: How the German COVID-19 Denier Scene and Anti-Lockdown Movement Became a Breeding Ground for Terrorism
    Julia Kupper and Miro Dittrich
  • 06th January 2023
    Shifts in Domestic Extremist Movement Rhetoric, Two Years After the Capitol Siege 
    Ilana Krill and Valeria de la Fuente

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