‘The Great Replacement’: The Violent Consequences of Mainstreamed Extremism

By Jacob Davey and Julia Ebner

This report presents the findings of a project that investigated the prevalence, scale and nature of the ideologies and narratives that motivated the attack which left 51 dead and injured a further 50 more during Friday prayers at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand. The report explores the origins of the ‘Great Replacement’ and ‘white genocide’ theories and the dynamics and platforms which have allowed the ideas to spread. Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis across mainstream and alternative social media channels, this report reveals significant mainstreaming of extreme-right narratives across social media platforms and in language and policies promoted by mainstream politicians in Europe and North America. This report provides some recommendations for steps to be taken by technology companies, government and civil society to counter the spread of extremist ideologies.

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A joint statement on the Online Harms White Paper and the direction of regulation in the UK

ISD has submitted expert advice for the consultation on the UK Government’s Online Harms White Paper, which lays out the stated design for regulation of technology companies in the UK. As part of this effort, ISD has worked with leading UK research and civil society organisations including Carnegie UK, Demos, Doteveryone, the Fawcett Society, and the Jo Cox Foundation to produce a joint statement on the Online Harms White Paper and the direction of regulation in the UK.