VOX-Pol Training Academy: Topics in Violent Political Extremism, Terrorism, and the Internet


Maura Conway
School of Law & Government, Dublin City University, Ireland

Lisa McInerney
School of Law & Government, Dublin City University, Ireland


Dumitrita Holdis
Center for Media, Data and Society, Central European University, Hungary


The VOX-Pol programme’s second week-long Training Academy is designed to provide policymakers, law enforcement, social media companies, and others professionally-tasked with responding to violent online extremism and terrorism with an introduction to the role of the Internet in contemporary violent political extremism(s), including the online strategies of violent jihadis and the extreme right; the role of the Internet in lone actor terrorism; the online behaviours of convicted terrorists; and online CVE (Countering Violent Extremism).

The Training Academy is composed of a mix of formal lectures, and hands-on labs. The latter are dedicated to providing participants with an overview of tools and methods for research and analysis in this domain.

Details regarding the previous VOX-Pol Training Academy are available HERE.

The titles of this year’s Training Academy sessions are:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Setting the Scene
  • A History of Violent Extremism, Terrorism, and the Internet
  • How Social Media Revolutionised Online Jihadism
  • The Extreme-Right Online: Neo-Nazis
  • Alt-Right: Gaming the Human System, From Dating to Demographics
  • Digital CVE: Notes from the Field
  • Terrorist Use of the Internet by the Numbers
  • Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Tools for Intelligence Analysis
  • Introduction to Tools for Analysis of Extremism Content
  • Disrupting Daesh: Measuring Takedown of Online Terrorist Material and its Impacts
  • Hands-On Tools
  • Telegram, and its Use by Violent Political Extremists
  • Jihadist Strategy on the Internet: Dissemination of Online Propaganda
  • Social Network Analysis: Theory
  • Social Network Analysis: Hands-On
  • New Media, New World? Communication, Technology and Extremism Beyond the Hype.
  • Security, Privacy and Surveillance
  • Responses to Violent Online Political Extremism: Perspectives from law enforcement, social media companies, and freedom of expression advocates
  • Future Directions and Future Challenges

Applications are now closed.

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