In the Blind Spot – Right-wing Extremists on Alternative and Established Platforms

Author: Hanna Börgmann

Published: 19 December 2023

This publication is available in German.

This report provides a summary of the expert conference “In the Blind Spot – Right-Wing Extremists on Alternative and Established Platforms, which took place in Berlin in September 2023 as part of the “Countering Radicalisation in Right-Wing Extremist Online Subcultures” programme funded by the Federal Ministry of Justice (BMJ). The third conference of the programme served to present current research projects from digital right-wing extremism research and to discuss various perspectives from research, regulation and law enforcement.

The report emphasises the social and political relevance of the research field and current trends in right-wing extremism research, underpinned by welcoming addresses from Benjamin Strasser, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice (BMJ), and Huberta von Voss, Executive Director of ISD Germany, among others. Dr Julia Ebner, extremism expert and ISD Senior Research Fellow, and Dr Matthias Becker, project manager of the interdisciplinary research project “Decoding Antisemitism”, also provided keynote speeches.  

The conference was divided into several panels that focused primarily on discursive and strategic developments, far-right financing, research into right-wing online activities, deradicalisation and online regulation. In the discussion panel, a panel of experts focused on the effects of the EU Digital Services Act (DSA).

Hanna Börgmann is a Research & Education Manager at ISD Germany and leads the research project “Countering Radicalisation in Right-Wing Extremist Online Subcultures”. During her master’s degree at the Hertie School in Berlin, she researched online antisemitism and radicalisation in the subcultures of the imageboard (chans).  As part of the ISD partner project “Business Council for Democracy” (BC4D), which is implemented jointly with the non-profit Hertie Foundation and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, she empowers employees in dealing with hate speech, disinformation and conspiracy ideology online.

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