Against the backdrop of rising far-right radicalisation and polarisation levels and a surge in xenophobic and anti-democratic movements across Western countries, ISD provides cutting-edge analysis and insights into international, national and regional far-right activities.

Using our digital analytics tools and ethnographic research, our far-right analysts monitor anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, misogynist and anti-LGBT movements across Europe, the US, Canada and Australia. We assess the latest trends in far-right radicalisation, manipulation and intimidation strategies – including fairly recent phenomena such as doxxing, trolling and gamified recruitment. ISD also conducts research on the push and pull factors of far-right extremists, the spread of hate and disinformation, reciprocal radicalisation dynamics between far-right and Islamist and well as far-right far-left movements and the international connections between far-right groups.

ISD’s online research looks at both mainstream platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube as well as alternative tech platforms such as 4Chan, 8Chan, Reddit, Voat, Gab, Minds, Bitchute. We are also monitoring fringe extremist websites such as the Daily Stormer, Stormfront and AltRight.com and encrypted messaging apps such as Discord and Telegram. Our research team’s language capabilities allow us to monitor channels in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish and Polish.

Based on our far-right analysis and research we have briefed and advised a range of national and regional policy makers, ministries and security and intelligence agencies on the latest trends in online and offline extremism. Our research and analysis featured across major international and national news outlets and informs our engagement with tech firms and civil society.

Julia Ebner, Senior Research Fellow at ISD, speaks to BBC about how the far-right use social media to recruit and share tactics.