A Decade after David Copeland: Neo-Nazi ‘broadband terrorism’ in the UK

CARR’s Director, Prof. Matthew Feldman presents: A Decade After David Copeland: Neo-Nazi ‘Broadband Terrorism’ in the UK. 

This talk was presented as part of the “Neo-Nazi “Broadband Terrorismin the UK” seminar at the University of Leicester on April 18, 2018.

The threat posed by terrorism today is changing rapidly – as have methods of study of this phenomenon, including analysis of radicalisation and the ‘terrorist cycle’. This presentation takes a qualitative approach to one aspect of contemporary terrorism, self-directed (‘lone wolf’) terrorism by right-wing extremists.

Predominately plaguing the US at first, solo actor terrorism by fascist extremists crossed the Atlantic in 1999 with David Copeland’s attacks in London, and most horrifically with Anders Behring Breivik’s murder of 77 people in Oslo and Utoya in 2011. Like these two terrorist murderers, the two case studies discussed here, Neil Lewington and Ian Davison, were also radicalised online through ‘passive’ and ‘active’ networks of support. The different pathways of online radicalisation by Lewington and Davison are the central subject here.

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