This report serves as an introduction to ISD's Gaming and Extremism series, which explores the use of the gaming-related platforms Steam, Discord, Twitch and DLive by the extreme right, concentrating specifically on the UK. The series provides snapshot analyses designed to identify key trends and patterns which can provide the groundwork for future analysis.
The issue of public health measures has become a gateway and incubator for conspiracy theorists, far-right extremists and anti-vaxxers. This report by ISD Germany offers for the first time a comprehensive insight into the online networks of the vaccine-sceptic scene in Germany.
This report provides a snapshot of the different online communities involved in the promotion of hate and disinformation targeting refugees and the migration sector in 2020. It looks at networks of accounts in Greek, German and English language, and provides an overview of the narratives employed in anti-refugee disinformation and the dynamics which drive this activity online.
This report from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and CASM Technology provides a data-driven snapshot of online extremism in New Zealand, and the digital platforms connecting New Zealand to an international extremist ecosystem.
This study, conducted by ISD and commissioned by the European Commission, provides a data-driven snapshot of the proliferation of Covid-19 related online antisemitic content in French and German on Twitter, Facebook and Telegram, analysing the scale of the challenge across platforms, as well as the most prominent antisemitic narratives relating to the pandemic.
This report provides an analysis of far-right mobilisation on Gab in Australia, based on the analysis of over 45,000 posts produced between 1 January and 30 September 2020. Through this analysis, the study helps evidence the role Gab plays as a hub for explicitly antisemitic far-right extremism and radicalism in the Australian context.
This joint report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) and the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point offers a preliminary survey and analysis of one of the largest known online repositories of Islamic State materials, nicknamed the “Cloud Caliphate,” to increase understanding of how violent extremist groups and their supporters manage, preserve, and protect information relevant to their cause.
This briefing illustrates the role which recommendation algorithms play in amplifying and promoting potentially harmful content on online book retail platforms. Using the example of Amazon, it finds that users are recommended books which contain obvious disinformation, conspiracy theories and white nationalism.
The Together for Safety webinars were a series of online talks to tackle pressing urban safety and security challenges with a key focus on addressing hate, polarisation and extremism across the Nordics and in cities around the world. They spotlighted mayors and city leaders, policymakers, practitioners, youth, civil society and subject matter experts.
The Digital Policy Lab (DPL) is a new inter-governmental working group focused on charting the regulatory and policy path forward to prevent and counter disinformation, hate speech, extremism and terrorism online. From September 2020 to January 2021, the first sessions of the DPL took place. These sessions were accompanied by a set of policy briefs and discussion papers, which can be accessed here.