Hatescape: Analysing extremism & hate speech on TikTok
Israel-Hamas Conflict
Why the US needs online child safety legislation
Explainers
Pro-CCP ‘Spamouflage’ network pivots to focus on US Presidential Election
"Two Years On", the evolution Russia's information warfare since its full scale invasion of Ukraine
Mitigating online gender-based violence and misogistic pathways to radicalisation
The online mis- and disinformation ecosystem in Ireland

The online mis- and disinformation ecosystem in Ireland

In the Uisce Faoi Thalamh series, ISD finds how conspiracy beliefs unite communities, radicalise individuals and can incite, sometimes violent, real-world actions in Ireland following the pandemic.

Israel-Hamas Conflict

Israel-Hamas conflict

ISD's coverage and analysis regarding online threats in relation to the Israel-Hamas conflict
& the situation in Gaza.

Why the US needs online child safety legislation

Why the US needs online child safety legislation

In this policy-focused Dispatch, ISD analysts stress the urgency for the US to join other countries in creating a regulatory scheme to protect teens and kids online.

Explainers

Explainers

ISD's library of issues, trends, narratives, platforms & actors relating to extremism, hate & disinformation topics.

‘Spamouflage’ network experimenting with 'MAGAflage'

‘Spamouflage’ network experimenting with 'MAGAflage'

In a likely attempt to increase their influence, the long-running, pro-CCP influence operation 'Spamouflage' is using their accounts to pose as Americans with right-wing perspectives.

"Two Years On", the evolution Russia's information warfare since its full scale invasion of Ukraine

"Two Years On", the evolution Russia's information warfare since its full scale invasion of Ukraine

An analysis of Russian state and pro-Kremlin information warfare in the context of the invasion of Ukraine.

Mitigating online gender-based violence and misogynistic pathways to radicalisation

Mitigating online gender-based violence and misogynistic pathways to radicalisation

A product of ISD's Digital Policy Lab, this policy paper reviews the connections of online gender-based violence to offline violence and extremist ideologies, offering recommendations for platforms.

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ISD’s blog for the latest in data-driven research on hate, disinformation and extremism.
The Senate's AI Roadmap represents a positive step forward, but it is important to recognize that there remains substantial work to be done.
The Home Office has announced that the UK will proscribe the Terrorgram Collective. However, the decentralized nature of the network presents enforcement challenges.
Online discourse about migrants and asylum seekers has become overwhelmingly negative in Germany, defined by inflammatory and misleading language, and the mainstreaming of harmful conspiracy theories such as the 'Great Replacement'.
ISD's Director of Research, Melanie Smith, spoke to the NYT about how US campus protests are being weaponized by Chinese disinformation narratives.
Jennie King discusses threats to climate action, the actors behind climate mis- and disinformation, and the likely impact on election campaigns worldwide.
ISD's Jiore Craig spoke to the Boston Globe about how AI could be exploited by bad actors to inundate voters with conflicting information and sow confusion. 
Our latest coverage of the Israel-Hamas Conflict.
The flood of mis- and disinformation online following the death of Aaron Bushnell further underscores social platforms' challenges in dealing with false narratives in real-time.
Since October 7, there has been growing speculation about the evolving terrorism threat landscape. In this Dispatch, ISD reviews what we know and do not yet know about the changing UK terrorist threat.
This dispatch analyses how the Israel-Hamas war is being weaponised by pro-Kremlin actors targeting German audience.
Featured research from across our work

This guide was produced to inform Members of Parliament & parliamentary candidates in the UK about the dangers of conspiracies, discussing their appeal and providing 8 examples.
This paper investigates potential platform manipulation on Wikipedia using semantic clustering techniques to identify covert and organised manipulation on a larger scale.
This policy paper lays out the contours of an increasingly hybridised extremism threat landscape facing the UK and the key components of a holistic policy strategy response.

Overviews of issues, trends, narratives, platforms and actors.
'Antifa' groups operate in a mostly decentralized way but share a belief that they're resisting fascist ideology, primarily through protests and counterdemonstrations against far-right extremism, utilizing tactics such as doxxing, and at times criminal activity.
'Neo-Confederate' refers to individuals or groups echoing US Confederate beliefs, emphasizing states' rights & heritage preservation, with some overlap with white supremacist ideologies.
The "Saints Culture" within the white supremacist movement glorifies individuals who commit hate-motivated violence, a phenomenon revitalised in online spaces.