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.


Tactical Exploitation of Online Services

Online terrorism and violent extremism comes in many forms and platforms are equally exploited in a variety of ways. Terrorist and violent extremist groups and individuals, like average users, use a mixture of platforms to further their aims. This cross-platform approach facilitates in storing content, holding private or confidential conversations, e-commerce for buying and selling goods as well as fundraising, recruitment, and the amplification of propaganda and messaging to the public. These signals, trends and adversarial shifts around this exploitation are highlighted by global experts.

  • 19th April 2023
    The Return of the Virtual ‘Caliphate’? Mapping the Evolution of the Islamic State’s Information Ecosystem
    Miron Lakomy
  • 05th April 2023
    Terrorwave: The Aesthetics of Violence and Terrorist Imagery in Militant Accelerationist Subcultures
    Joshua Molloy
  • 20th February 2023
    Assessing the Impact of 3D-Printed Weapons on the Violent Extremist Milieu
    Rueben Dass and Benjamin Mok
  • 17th February 2023
    Weapons of Mass Disruption: Artificial Intelligence and the Production of Extremist Propaganda
    Daniel Siegel and Mary Bennett Doty
  • 25th January 2023
    Political Outrage Machines: Exploring the Algorithms Structuring Conspiracy TikTok
    Justin Grandinetti
  • 20th December 2022
    How the Taliban is Building New Grey Areas for Global Tech to Address
    Kabir Taneja
  • 13th December 2022
    The Online Footprint of the Dover Migrant Centre Terrorist
    Rajan Basra
  • 09th December 2022
    Misogynistic Extremism and the Fallacy of Technochauvinism
    Laura Weinstein
  • 18th November 2022
    Islamic State Supporters on Twitter: How is ‘New’ Twitter Handling an Old Problem?
    Moustafa Ayad

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