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.


World Events

While robust policies and legislation on defining terrorism and violent extremism might be in place, it can be difficult to know how definitions apply to major global events. In recent years there have been significant offline events that impact counterterrorism and counter-extremism efforts online. The following key events highlight where global researchers have analyzed the impacts of these moments on the online space, focussing on how terrorist and violent extremist actors are using platforms around these events and where solutions can be found.

  • 06th January 2023
    Shifts in Domestic Extremist Movement Rhetoric, Two Years After the Capitol Siege 
    Ilana Krill and Valeria de la Fuente
  • 12th October 2022
    The Taliban’s Use of Twitter as a Tool to Spread their Voice
    Zafar Iqbal Yousafzai
  • 19th August 2022
    How QAnon is Dealing With The FBI Raid on Trump
    Mike Rains
  • 08th August 2022
    Al Qa’ida and Islamic State Supporter Reactions to Zawahiri’s Death
    Meili Criezis
  • 10th June 2022
    The Gamification of Violent Extremism: An Empirical Exploration of the Christchurch Attack
    Dr. Suraj Lakhani
  • 14th April 2022
    How the European Far Right is Using Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine to Radicalise its Audience
    Claire Burchett and James Barth
  • 07th April 2022
    Zelenskyy, ‘Denazification’ and the Redirection of Holocaust Victimhood
    Hannah Rose
  • 21st March 2022
    Why Some Far-Right Circles are Contributing to Vladimir Putin’s Disinformation Campaign
    Beatriz Buarque
  • 16th March 2022
    A Review of International Multi-Stakeholder Frameworks for Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism Online
    Maddie Cannon

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