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.
Far right extremism
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.
Überdosis Desinformation: Die Vertrauenskrise – Impfskepsis und Impfgegnerschaft in der COVID-19-Pandemie
Das Thema der öffentlichen Gesundheitsvorsorge ist zum Einfallstor und Inkubator für Verschwörungsideologen, Rechtsextremisten und Impfgegner geworden. Dieser Bericht des ISD Germany bietet erstmalig einen umfassenden Einblick in die digitalen Netzwerke der impfskeptischen Szene in Deutschland.
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.
This report aims to provide a first look into Irish far-right activity on the messaging app, Telegram, where the movement is operating both as identifiable groups and influencers, and anonymously-run channels and groups. This report was produced in conjunction with TheJournal.ie and its investigative platform Noteworthy.ie as part of their Eyes Right series.
This case study examines two websites and two blogging accounts which appear to be linked to News Front, a Crimean-based news organisation previously accused of being a source of pro-Kremlin disinformation and influence operations. While the impact of the site’s activity is low, the case study provides a glimpse into the inner workings of the broader disinformation ecosystem and sheds light on the long tail of state-linked online assets.
This report is a collaboration between the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) and the nonpartisan news-rating organisation NewsGuard. It analyses QAnon-related contents on Facebook during a period of increased activity, just before the platform implemented moderation of public contents spreading the conspiracy theory.
Crisis and Loss of Control: German-Language Digital Extremism in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic
This report analyses the networks and narratives of German-speaking far-right, far-left and Islamist extremist actors on mainstream and alternative social media platforms and extremist websites in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our results show: Extremists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland have been able to increase their reach since the introduction of the lockdown measures.
This research briefing explores if and how far-right narratives from the United States, France and Germany gain traction in domestic mainstream media, or move across borders between the US on the one hand, and France and Germany on the other. It tests whether far-right ideas start out in far-right alternative media but eventually move to the mainstream and whether far-right ideas spread between national media ecosystems.
The Interplay Between Australia’s Political Fringes on the Right and Left: Online Messaging on Facebook
This research briefing outlines findings from an analysis of the far-right and far-left Facebook ecosystem in Australia in the first seven months of 2020. It analyses how the far-right and far-left discuss each other on Facebook and how narratives about the other side of the political spectrum shape the online activity of these groups. It also seeks to understand how central discussion about the ‘other side’ is to the far-right and far-left and how it fits within the broader online activities of these movements.