Project Launched to Drive Awareness of New Terrorist Content Online Regulation Amongst Hosting Service Providers
March 2, 2023
Three VOX-Pol Member Institutions: Swansea University, Dublin City University, and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich will be part of a consortium to drive greater awareness of and compliance with the European Union’s new regulations to tackle terrorist content online. The new European Union rule, which came into effect last year, obliges hosting service providers offering ...
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Imagined Communities in its Proto-State
March 1, 2023
By Aaron Y. Zelin and Sarah Cahn In recent years, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has been attempting to develop its own polity. This process has not been linear and there has been a maturation process over time. Beyond governance though, an important part of nation-building is creating a similar narrative of people’s own history and ...
The Top Five Most-Read VOX-Pol Blog Posts of 2022
August 31, 2022
From September 2021 to July 2022, VOX-Pol published 44 Blog posts covering online extremism and terrorism. The Blog publishes weekly on Wednesdays and takes a break in August, when we share the most-read of the previous year. Click to see the most-read posts of the year from 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018. The top five most-read are: 5. Taliban Victory ...
Swansea University Leads VOX-Pol
June 29, 2022
At the Terrorism and Social Media 2022 conference, Dublin City University’s Professor Maura Conway announced in her keynote address that Professor Stuart Macdonald of Swansea University’s Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law will take on the coordinating role in the VOX-Pol network. Stuart Macdonald, Professor of Law and Director of the University’s Cyber Threats Research Centre, will take over leadership from ...
First Monday Special Issue Published on Resilience to Online Polarisation and Extremism
May 11, 2022
On 2 May 2022, First Monday published a Special Issue exploring societal resilience to online polarisation and extremism, co-edited by Amy-Louise Watkin (VOX-Pol and USW), Vivian Gerrand (Deakin University), and Maura Conway (VOX-Pol and DCU). The seven articles in this special issue were selected from those delivered at a series of workshops undertaken by the ...
VOX-Pol Joins the RESOLVE Network
April 14, 2022
VOX-Pol is please to announce that it has become a member of the RESOLVE Network. The RESOLVE Network is a global consortium of researchers, research organizations, policymakers, and practitioners committed to empirically driven, locally defined research on the drivers of violent extremism and sources of community resilience. VOX-Pol joins as a world-leading centre for the ...
VOX-Pol Contributes to CoJIT and Tech Against Terrorism Podcasts
April 6, 2022
In the past few weeks, VOX-Pol’s coordinator, Professor Maura Conway, has featured in two podcasts. In the Combating Jihadist Terror podcast, Prof Conway and Dr Anthony Richards, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Royal Holloway, examine to what extent academics and policymakers should be using the term ‘cyberterrorism’, how to further research into online extremism, as ...
Presenting VOX-Pol’s 2021 Year in Review
March 22, 2022
VOX-Pol has just published Violent Extremism and Terrorism Online in 2021: The Year in Review, authored by Maura Conway (Dublin City University), Amy Louise Watkin (University of the West of Scotland), and Seán Looney (University of Exeter). This year’s report was produced via RAN Policy Support, and funded by the European Commission. About the report The 2021 Year in Review treats developments in ...
The VOX-Pol Blog Turns Seven
October 27, 2021
The VOX-Pol Blog was launched in October 2014 and turned seven years old this month. To celebrate this, VOX-Pol has been tweeting the all-time most-read posts. The all-time top five are: 5. The Far Right Online: An Overview of Recent Studies by Reem Ahmed and Daniela Pisoiu, published 13 Nov 2019 This Blog post is ...
The Top Five Most-Read VOX-Pol Blog Posts of 2021
August 27, 2021
From September 2020 to July 2021, VOX-Pol published 48 Blog posts covering many aspects of online extremism and terrorism. The events of 6 January 2021 in the US Capitol building led to a big increase in traffic to the VOX-Pol online platforms, and total page views this year has increased 30% on the previous year. ...