Lella Nouri, Nuria Lorenzo-Dus, and Amy-Louise Watkin
This paper examines the effect that Facebook’s removal of Britain First’s official page had on: the group’s dissemination and influence, in terms of numbers of followers, quantity of content posted and engagement level; and its visual communication strategy, specifically regarding its choice of images and the level of engagement that these generated.
Isabelle van der Vegt, Paul Gill, Stuart Macdonald and Bennett Kleinberg
This paper offers a unique view on current practices and challenges regarding terrorist and extremist content removal from social media platforms, focusing particularly on human-based and automated approaches and the integration of the two.
Gayatri Sahgal, Timothy Kimaiyo, Abdulrahman Hamo Mohamed, Stephen Rotich, David Karienye and Ahmed Osman Warfa
The Conference on Clan Conflict and Violent Extremism in the North-Eastern Counties of Kenya, held by RUSI in January 2019, shared research on the connections between clan conflicts and violent extremism and produced recommendations for policy and programming.
Daesh, Al-Qa’ida and other terrorist organisations may appear to be in current retreat. But rather than being eradicated, they have scattered. The violent extremism they have spawned has not entirely disappeared and understanding how it might evolve is going to be a central preoccupation for security planners.
Recent attacks perpetrated by extreme right wing terrorists in the US are undoubtedly linked to the upcoming mid-term elections, reflecting the reality that the country’s charged political scene may be pushing would-be terrorists into action
The risk of nuclear war between India and Pakistan presents dangerous global implications and should be considered as a serious threat, particularly since Pakistan’s acquisition of the short-range Nasr missile. Quite apart from the enormous human cost, there would also be significant environmental and migratory consequences.
The internet clearly matters to terrorists, but online content by itself rarely causes people to carry out terrorist attacks. Responses should therefore not be limited to the mass removal of terrorist content from online platforms.