This report presents the findings of a research project of ISD’s Digital Analysis Unit about the alternative online-ecosystem of the far-right, including alternative social media platforms and alternative media outlets. While these platforms draw in a global audience this report focuses specifically on the German speaking and Germany-focused communities and outlets within this ecosystem. Drawing together ISD’s digital ethnographic work across dozens of forums and channels with the latest in machine learning and natural language processing, this report provides an overview over the size and nature of the far-right communities on these platforms the motivations for participating in these communities and assesses whether banning far-right groups from mainstream platforms leads to the displacement of their followers to ‘alternative’ platforms. We also analyse the role of alternative ‘news’ outlets in disseminating far right concepts, drawing on the‘Hate Observatory’, a joint initiative of ISD and the MIT Media Lab , based on their Media Cloud software, and compare the frequency and types of coverage of far-right themes in mainstream and alternative media. This report also recommends steps to be taken by tech companies, government, civil society and researchers to counter the far-right online.
Dieser Report präsentiert die Ergebnisse eines Forschungsprojekts der Digital Analysis Unit am ISD (Institute for Strategic Dialogue) über das alternative Online-Ökosystem rechtsextremer Akteure, einschließlich alternativer Social-Media-Plattformen und alternativer Medien.
This report presents the findings of a research project investigating the scale and nature of online hateful speech in France. It examines different categories of hateful speech, spanning race, gender, sexuality, religion and disability.
Ce rapport présente les résultats d'un projet de recherche sur l’envergure et la nature des discours haineux en ligne en France. Il examine différentes catégories de discours haineux, couvrant l’origine ethnique, le sexe, l’orientation sexuelle, la religion et le handicap.
This summary report presents the findings of an impact and process evaluation of these programmes, designed to ensure that they reached their target audiences, to identify whether the programmes helped drive positive behaviour change in the children and young people that went through the training, and to provide insights into what improvements should be made for future delivery.
This report presents the findings of Young Digital Leaders Phase 2, a digital citizenship education programme delivered by ISD and supported by Google.org. It was designed to empower young people across Europe to be positive and proactive members of their online communities, with roll-out across Bulgaria, Greece and Romania in 2019. It contains impact data and analysis from various participant groups – students, teachers and parents – as well as broader recommendations for digital citizenship policy and programming.
To help address the need for a more robust and youth-inclusive evidence base, ISD conducted a survey that was completed by 728 young activists globally to find out which barriers and opportunities had been most significant to their activism journey, as well as which skills they valued most.
UK General Election 2019: Digital disruption by the political parties, and the need for new rules (joint paper)
This briefing brings together the findings of a group of eight organisations who monitored the UK’s digital landscape leading up to the General Election. It provides overwhelming evidence that current regulations are not fit for the digital era.
On 8th April 2019, the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) released its much-anticipated Online Harms White Paper, setting out a range of proposed legislative and non-legislative measures to tackle online harms ranging from illegal (e.g. terrorist content) through to harmful but not necessarily illegal online behaviour.
An imprecise science: Assessing interventions for the prevention, disengagement and de-radicalisation of left and right-wing extremists
This report examines intervention approaches currently being used to challenge political extremism globally, drawing on 19 interviews with practitioners based in Belgium, Canada, Germany, France, Sweden, the UK and USA.