The Right-leaning be Memeing: Extremist Uses of Internet Memes and Insights for CVE Design
May 11, 2022
This Blog post is the first in a four-part series of article summaries from the EU H2020-funded BRaVE project’s  First Monday Special Issue exploring societal resilience to online polarization and extremism. The second is HERE. Read the full article HERE [Ed.]. By Inés Bolaños Somoano This post synopsises my article ‘The right-leaning be memeing: Extremist uses ...
Far Right and Extremist Groups Are Targeting Military Veterans for Recruitment. Does the ADF Owe Them a Duty of Care?
December 22, 2021
By Carli Kulmar and Michael Jensen Even before extremist group activity in Australia’s 2021 anti-lockdown protests was exposed, concern about right-wing extremism in Australia was on the rise. ASIO and the US annual threat estimate have noted right-wing extremism in Australia is on an upward trend. Ideological extremism now makes up 40% of the ASIO caseload. Our research at the University ...
Only Playing: Extreme-Right Gamification
November 17, 2021
By Ben Lee Video games and right-wing extremism (RWE) seem inseparable. Multiple links have been documented between extreme-right violence and video-game cultures. These include the appearance of terrorist manifestos with references to video games, modifications to popular games to bring them into line with extreme-right values, the presence of extremists on gaming platforms, and a misogyny-laced controversy in video gaming that did ...
Big Tech’s Rejection of Parler Shuts down a Site Favored by Trump Supporters – and Used by Participants in the US Capitol Insurrection
January 20, 2021
By Alex Newhouse Early in the morning of Jan. 11, the social media platform Parler went offline after Amazon withdrew the platform’s web hosting services. Parler sued Amazon in response. Amazon’s move followed Google and Apple’s banning the Parler app from their app stores. The tech companies cited the platform’s inability or unwillingness to block calls for and threats of ...
Blind Networks in the Extreme-Right
October 28, 2020
By Ben Lee A potent combination of technology and a fractured extreme-right is producing innovative organisations that are harder to police. In April 2020 two men aged 20 and 22 were arrested after posting racist stickers in public spaces across the city of Sheffield. The stickers featured various slogans critical of the government’s handling of ...
Wie Extrem ist die Rechte in Europa: eine Twitter-Analyse
May 20, 2020
Read in English Dieser Blogeintrag enthält einen Abschnitt aus dem vollständigen Bericht, verfügbar in englischer und deutscher Sprache [Ed.]. Von Reem Ahmed und Daniela Pisoiu Insgesamt 381.912 Tweets wurden über die Twitter-API (Programmierschnittstelle) von 175 EU-weiten Accounts gesammelt, die als rechtsextremistisch  identifiziert wurden (insbesondere Accounts mit offen neo-nazistischen und White Supremacist Themen). Die Tweets wurden ...
How Extreme is the European Far-Right: A Twitter Analysis
May 20, 2020
Read in German This blog post presents an edited section from the full report, available in both English and in German [Ed.]. By Reem Ahmed and Daniela Pisoiu A total of 381,912 tweets were collected through the Twitter application programming interface (API) from 175 EU-wide accounts that were identified as right-wing extremist (specifically, accounts with ...
Comparing Topic and Tone of Tweets by Far-Right Political Parties Versus Right-Wing Extremist Movements in the Netherlands, UK, and Germany
May 13, 2020
By Suzanne Mos The Internet is a good place to get a sense of what topics certain groups or movements deem important. In this Blog post, I present the findings of comparative mixed methods research addressing the question ‘How does the use of Twitter by far-right political parties differ from right-wing extremist movements in terms ...
Jetzt auch auf Deutsch „Wie Extrem ist die Rechte in Europa?”
May 11, 2020
Hier bei VOX-Pol freuen wir uns mitzuteilen, dass der neueste Bericht unserer Serie, „Wie Extrem ist die Rechte in Europa? Untersuchung von Überschneidungen in der deutschen Rechtsaußenszene auf Twitter” von Reem Ahmed und Daniela Pisoiu, jetzt auch auf Deutsch verfügbar ist. Über den Bericht Ziel dieser Arbeit ist es, die Überschneidungen in der Rechtsaußenszene auf ...
From the French Revolution, the First Amendment and the Third Reich to Twitter and Facebook: The Impact of Legal Histories on the Fight Against Online Extremism – Part 1: France
February 12, 2020
By Nery Ramati The need to develop legal tools in order to cope with the dangers of online extremism and terrorism has been an issue that has kept legislators, government officials, and security forces around the globe very busy in recent years. In liberal democracies, the legal challenges are intensified due to the obvious dangers ...