GCTF Countering Violent Extremism Toolkit

The Toolkit provides a practical and user-friendly guide for policy-makers and governmental experts on good governmental practices, case studies, and references to existing international and regional initiatives and practices in preventing and countering violent extremism and terrorism online. The Toolkit further outlines means to efficiently and sustainably collaborate with information and communication technology (ICT) companies and civil society organizations based on shared responsibilities, while ensuring that any policy is respectful of human rights and the rule of law, and is context-specific and gender-sensitive.

The Toolkit was developed in collaboration with the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) during the course of a research phase and two expert meetings workshops held in The Hague, the Netherlands, and in Tirana, Albania in March and May 2019 respectively.

The target audience of this Policy Toolkit is GCTF Members as well as GCTF Key Partners and any other governments interested in preventing and countering violent extremism and terrorism online.

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Voices of Pakistani Youth: Lessons for Civil Society in the Development of Effective Counter-Narrative Campaigns

This report provides a series of evidence-based lessons for international NGOs, practitioners and activists working in Pakistan, to improve their capacities in developing counter-narrative campaigns to counter extremism and hate speech. Through YouthCAN, focus groups bringing together 70 young people from Islamabad explored how youth in the country understand extremism and hate speech: how they define these issues, where they encounter them, and who they see as responsible.

Developing a Civil Society Response to Online Manipulation

This document presents a vision for a pan-civil societal response to online manipulation. In part, it argues, this will come down to capability: building a pooled detection capacity to function as a transparent, public interest alter­native to those built by the tech giants. In part, it will require new organisational philosophies and forms of co-operation, and in part new approaches to funding and support.

YouthCAN: The Many States of Activism

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.