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JeSuisCharlie was one of the most viral hashtags in history – here’s why it wouldn’t happen today
January 17, 2024
By Emma Connolly, The Open University It will be nine years on January 7 since a shooting at French weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo killed 12 and injured 11 of its employees. The attack led to an immediate and unprecedented outpouring of solidarity around the world. Much of this support was organised online, using the ...
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Data Collection in Online Terrorism and Extremism Research: Future Directions
January 10, 2024
By Ryan Scrivens, Joshua D. Freilich, Steven M. Chermak, and Richard Frank The role of the Internet in facilitating violent extremism and terrorism is a primary concern for many researchers, practitioners, and policymakers around the world. The so-called Islamic State, an internationally designated terrorist organization, released a steady stream of video-recorded beheadings of Western hostages ...
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VOX-Pol Newsletter 11(1) January 2024
January 9, 2024
Welcome to Volume 11, Issue 1 of the VOX-Pol Newsletter. INTRODUCING THE NEW VOX-Pol WEBSITE The VOX-Pol website is relaunched! The new site has been refreshed and redesigned to reflect our work as an international research network on online extremism and terrorism. Alongside the Events, Blog, News and Newsletter pages, it now also features: Next ...
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Trolling and doxxing: Graduate students sharing their research online speak out about hate
December 20, 2023
By Alex Borkowski, York University, Canada; Marion Tempest Grant, York University, Canada, and Natalie Coulter, York University, Canada An increasingly volatile online environment is affecting our society, including members of the academic community and research they pursue. Graduate students are especially vulnerable to online hate, because cultivating a visible social media presence is considered essential ...
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The Importance of Proportionality and Transparency in the Moderation of Borderline Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content
December 13, 2023
By Ellie Rogers Most major tech companies are actively removing illegal content such as terrorist and violent extremist content (TVEC) as part of the e-Commerce directive. However, there has been an increasing focus on the need for tech companies to address borderline TVEC proportionately, consistently and transparently. There is no universal definition for borderline TVEC, ...
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The Plight of Straight White Men: Main Findings from a Study of the Subreddit r/unpopularopinion
December 6, 2023
By Kenneth R. Hanson, C.J. Pascoe, and Ryan Light This article summarizes a recent paper published in Sex Roles that examines how cultural issues of masculinity, whiteness, and straightness are expressed and valued on the semi-anonymous online forum Reddit.     Today’s world might seem more egalitarian than ever, with legal rights protecting numerous minority populations ...
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VOX-Pol Newsletter 10(4) December 2023
December 5, 2023
Welcome to Volume 10, Issue 4 of the VOX-Pol Newsletter. UPCOMING VOX-Pol ONLINE EVENTS Look out for two VOX-Pol online events coming up in December. The first of the VOX-Pol Next Gen Academic Survival Workshops takes place on Wednesday 6 December on the topic of Early Career Researcher Safety, Well-Being, and Ethics. We will explore the complexities, challenges, and dangers of studying ...
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Why We Fight: The Moral Roots of Violent Extremism
November 29, 2023
By Lindsay Hahn Terrorists killed more than 20,000 people in 2019 alone. According to the Global Terrorism Database, more than 900,000 actors were responsible for directly perpetrating over 200,000 terrorist attacks between the years of 1970-2019. Countless additional actors are likely to have indirectly helped the groups plan their attacks. Although it might seem reasonable ...
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EDL 2.0 and the Online Threat to Democracy
November 22, 2023
By Elizabeth Pearson  In 2018 Twitter removed radical right activist turned self-styled ‘journalist’ Tommy Robinson from the platform. Five years later, he is back. What are the implications for British politics and extremism? Tommy Robinson is the latest of a group of extreme and anti-Islam actors Elon Musk has readmitted to Twitter/X. Robinson’s account reappeared ...
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Hamas Telegram in the Immediate Wake of Their 7 October Terrorist Attack(s): Part 2 – Propaganda content
November 16, 2023
By Sean McCafferty & Kamil Yilmaz This analysis is Part 2 of a two-part post. Both are based on data gathered between 7 October and 9 October 2023 from two Telegram channels sharing propaganda related to the unfolding violence in Israel and Palestine: an official Telegram channel of the al-Qassam Brigades and an unofficial pro-Hamas ...