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The Dilemma of the Dark Web: Protecting Neo-Nazis and Dissidents Alike — The neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer finally crossed a line following the killing of a civil rights activist at a white supremacist rally it helped organise in Charlottesville, Virginia: a blogpost attacking victim Heather Heyer lead to it being chased from the web, first by technology companies who steadily refused to provide service, then by hackers who tried to crash the site. News, Violent Extremist
Cloudflare CEO calls for a system to regulate hateful internet content — Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince has called for the implementation of a framework to govern how the internet’s gatekeepers deal with cases like The Daily Stormer. This comes after a number of tech companies have revoked support for the neo-Nazi website for its close association with the violent far-right demonstrations in Charlottesville. News, Tech Responses, USA, Violent Extremist
Learning from ISIS’s Virtual Propaganda War for Western Muslims: A Comparison of Inspire and Dabiq — In this Report, Dr. Haroro Ingram makes a comparative analysis of ISIS's Dabiq and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's Inspire magazines in order to 'reverse engineer' lessons for CT-CVE strategic communications. Analysis, Terrorism
Facebook, Microsoft, Youtube, and Twitter form Global Internet to Counter Terrorism — Today Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter collectively announced a new partnership aimed at reducing the accessibility of internet services to terrorists. The new Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism adds structure to existing efforts by the companies to target and remove from major web platforms recruiting materials for terror groups. GIFCT, News, Tech Responses
Facebook’s Counterterrorism Playbook Comes Into Focus — When you use Facebook, it doesn't look like Facebook is doing much. You post your update, scan your feed, and maybe like a few things. But behind the screen lies an immensely complex set of algorithms that determine what you see. And with nearly 1.9 billion users worldwide, some of that content inevitably includes violent images and extremist rhetoric. So Facebook is making its black box a bit less opaque outlining the tools it will use to deradicalize itself. Counterterrorism, News, Tech Responses
Deconstruction of Identity Concepts in Islamic State Propaganda — In a March 2017 paper published by the International Centre for CounterTerrorism—The Hague, this author introduced a framework for studying the construction of extremist identity through ideological texts. This paper will examine the framework against a historical example of the so-called Islamic State (IS) propaganda to illustrate how messaging strategies can be based on insights derived
from the framework and the resulting analysis.
Academia, Counterterrorism