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.

  • 11th April 2023
    25 Years After the Good Friday Agreement: Persistent Violence and the Role of Digital Platforms in Northern Ireland Today
    Kit Rickard
  • 06th April 2023
    From Blaming China to Attacking Domestic Elites: The Evolution of Hate Speech in a Telegram Channel during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Dr. Matteo Vergani, Alfonso Martinez Arranz, Dr. Ryan Scrivens and Liliana Orellana
  • 03rd April 2023
    ‘Telegram is King’: Extremist Foreign Fighters in the Russo-Ukrainian war
    Clara May
  • 27th March 2023
    ‘Tomatoes for Tanks’: Humour and Violence in Post-Brexit Meme Culture
    Bàrbara Molas
  • 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

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