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The Business of Hate: Bankrolling Bigotry in Germany and the Online Funding of Hate Groups

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) and the Global Disinformation Index (GDI) have published a new study which shows how 17 known German far right groups and actors allegedly use online funding services to fund their activities. These services include companies like Mastercard, Paypal, Giropay and WooCommerce). More than half of these online funding services have Terms of Service (ToS) that should prohibit their use by such sites.

Das Geschäft mit dem Hass – Wie Online-Bezahldienstleister von der rechtsextremen Szene genutzt werden

Das Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) und der Global Disinformation Index (GDI) haben in ihrer neusten Studie 17 bekannte deutsche extremistische Gruppen und Akteure identifiziert, die Online-Finanzdienste nutzen, um ihre Aktivitäten zu finanzieren. Zu diesen Diensten gehören Unternehmen wie American Express, Mastercard und Visa, Paypal, Square und Klarna, aber auch Online-Shopping Unternehmen wie WooCommerce und Spendendienste wie Patreon.

Gaming and Extremism: The Extreme Right on Twitch

ISD discovered that content which expresses support for extreme right wing ideologies can be discovered on Twitch with relative ease, for example, through the practice of “Omegle Redpilling.” However, these videos are probably better considered as sporadic examples rather than representative of the systemic use of Twitch by the extreme right for radicalisation and coordination.

Hatescape: An In-Depth Analysis of Extremism and Hate Speech on TikTok

This research examined how TikTok is used to promote white supremacist conspiracy theories, produce weapons manufacturing advice, glorify extremists, terrorists, fascists and dictators, direct targeted harassment against minorities and produce content that denies that violent events like genocides ever happened. Furthermore, the report includes analysis of how users seek to evade takedowns by TikTok.

Gaming and Extremism: The Extreme Right on DLive

ISD found that a wide range of extremist influencers, including British white nationalists, use DLive as part of a broader strategy to broadcast extreme right ideology online. Analysts also observed signs that efforts by DLive to implement more robust terms of service appear to be having an impact on extremist activity.

Gaming and Extremism: The Extreme Right on Discord

ISD found that the Discord platform primarily acts as a hub for extreme right-wing socialising and community building, as well as gamified harassment through ‘raids.’ The analysis suggests that Discord provides a safe space for young online users to share ideological material and explore extremist movements.

Gaming and Extremism: The Extreme Right on Steam

This chapter analyses 45 interconnected Steam community groups associated with the extreme right. ISD found Steam to host the most diverse subgroups of extreme right communities, ranging from public servers set up for supporters of far-right political parties to violent neo-Nazi groups, some active on the platform since 2016.

Gamers Who Hate: An Introduction to ISD’s Gaming and Extremism Series

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.

Desinformationskampagnen gegen die Wahl: Befunde aus Sachsen-Anhalt

In deutschsprachigen sozialen Medien nehmen Kampagnen, die es zum Ziel haben, Zweifel an der Rechtmäßigkeit von Wahlen zu säen, an Fahrt auf. Dieser Kurzbericht des ISD Germany befasst sich mit Desinformationsversuchen im Kontext der Landtagswahl in Sachsen-Anhalt.

Understanding the New Zealand Online Extremist Ecosystem

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.