Special Meeting of United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee on ICTs and Terrorism
November 30, 2016
VOX-Pol’s Kate Coyer and Lisa McInerney are participating in a series of meetings of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) on preventing terrorist use of the Internet at UN Headquarters in New York today and tomorrow. The CTC was established after the events of 11 September, 2001 to aid States’ abilities to fight terrorism. The CTC-hosted ...
Interview with ISIS-chan – The Cute Anime Character Fighting ISIS Propaganda
June 22, 2016
By Moign Khawaja and Sara Dissanayake The Islamic State, previously calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a Sunni jihadist group active in Iraq and Syria. The group has been labeled a terrorist organisation by the UN for committing gross human ...
VOX-Pol’s inaugural Training Academy took place in Valencia from 21-25 September
October 2, 2015
VOX-Pol’s inaugural week-long Training Academy took place in Valencia, Spain from Monday, 21 September, 2015 to Friday, 25 September, 2015. The event was 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 ...
Are We Our Own Worst Enemy? The Problems in Countering Jihadi Narratives and How to Fix Them
June 10, 2015
by Clint Watts A month ago, the Washington Post published the most insightful article to date on the challenges the U.S. government has encountered battling al Qaeda, the Islamic State and jihadis writ large in social media.  The U.S. State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC) has been charged with a mission impossible: countering jihadi ...
Telling it straight on countering violent online extremism
May 11, 2015
Millions of Euro are being pumped into producing online content aimed at preventing young people from being drawn into extremist activities via the Internet, especially via social media content consumption and interaction. Orla Lehane, a PhD candidate at Dublin City University’s School of Law and Government, is utilising Grounded Theory methods to explore whether on ...