Authors: Julia Ebner, Jacob Davey
Published: March 2018
This briefing paper documents attempts by Italian extreme-right activists to influence the recent Italian elections in their favour. It highlights how these activists are adopting an increasingly international perspective, influencing and being influenced by the international alt-right, and adopting tactics similar to those deployed in recent European elections, including the German election.
The research is based on a combination of social media analysis and six weeks of research inside over a dozen Italian extreme-right encrypted chats and channels on Telegram and Whatsapp. These included neo-fascist and white nationalist Italian language groups such as ’/mas/’, ‘L’eco sansepolcrista’, Sinistra Nazionale’, ‘La Voce del 1919’, ‘Onda Italico’, ‘Fvtvrismo’, ‘Biblioteca Apocrifa’, ‘Magazzino nfografico’, ‘Noi, fascisti’, ‘Casapound Italia Basilicata’ as well as multi-language channels such as ‘Defend Europa News’ and ‘Il Quadrato – Per l’internazionale Rivoluzione Fascismo’.