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I Was Blocked On Social Media By Tommy Robinson: Now Twitter Are Removing His Hate

Britain First is a ‘radical right’, ultra-nationalist movementthat promotes anti-Muslim hostility and has incited racial and religious hatred. The group has been led until recently by Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding, both of whom are now serving a prison sentence for religiously aggravated hate speech that incited anti-Muslim hatred. Despite numerous concerns raised above about… Continue reading “I Was Blocked On Social Media By Tommy Robinson: Now Twitter Are Removing His Hate”

What does banning individuals and organisations from social media platforms mean for efforts to counter extremism in the U.K.?

This month Facebook banned Britain First from its platform, saying the group had “repeatedly posted content designed to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups”. This follows Twitter’s ban in December 2017 of the organisation’s leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, from its platform. Similarly, at the end of March 2018 it was announced that… Continue reading “What does banning individuals and organisations from social media platforms mean for efforts to counter extremism in the U.K.?”

Neo-Nazi Activism and Terrorism in the UK and Germany: Social Movements, Radicalisation, and the New Media

CARR Director – Prof. Matthew Feldman presents: A decade after David Copeland: Neo-Nazi ‘broadband terrorism’ in the UK 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… Continue reading “Neo-Nazi Activism and Terrorism in the UK and Germany: Social Movements, Radicalisation, and the New Media”

Hyper-Medial Meaning-Making in the Estonian Radical Right

A review of Mari-Liis Madisson (2016) The Semiotic Construction of Identities in Hypermedia Environments: The Analysis of Online Communication of the Estonian Extreme Right, Tartu: University of Tartu Press, 195p. (available online: https://dspace.ut.ee/handle/10062/52174) In the recent Estonian parliamentary elections to Riigikogu (3 March 2019), the radical right-wing populist party EKRE (Eesti Konservatiivne Rahvaerakond) made significant… Continue reading “Hyper-Medial Meaning-Making in the Estonian Radical Right”

Data Mining the Radical Right: Using Social Network Analysis Online

“Data mining” is a catch-all term for using techniques from computer science, information retrieval, and statistics to help extract knowledge from large amounts of raw data. Data mining techniques can be used to make predictions and find hidden patterns that might not be readily apparent to a human analyst. I have several decades of experience… Continue reading “Data Mining the Radical Right: Using Social Network Analysis Online”

Democratic Deficits and Social Ramifications: Research on the NSU Court Case from the Viewpoint of Joint Plaintiff-Lawyers

In summer 2018, one of Germany’s longest radical right trials will come to an end. As almost all of the defence lawyers now have given their pleas, the trial of the National Socialist Underground, or NSU, a radical-right terrorist group uncovered in November 2011, will reach its verdict. Starting in 2013, this court case has… Continue reading “Democratic Deficits and Social Ramifications: Research on the NSU Court Case from the Viewpoint of Joint Plaintiff-Lawyers”

The trial against the far right terror group “National Socialist Underground”

It is an outstanding lawsuit in all respects: five presumed members and supporters of the neo-Nazi terrorist group “National Socialist Underground” (NSU) are standing trial at the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht) in Munich. This high-profile case is considered to be one of the largest and most important criminal trials in Germany since the country’s reunification.… Continue reading “The trial against the far right terror group “National Socialist Underground””

Understanding Digital Hate Culture

Understanding how hate groups cohere in online spaces is essential toward understanding their growth and capacity to radicalize. Online radical-right extremist groups exhibit a massive range of ideological stances and approaches, which vary from country to country. These include the affirmed political stances of alt-right groups, the social movement-like practices of groups like Generation Identity,… Continue reading “Understanding Digital Hate Culture”

Lone Wolf Attacks Prove Louis Beam Was Right About “Leaderless Resistance”

The inability of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to identify potential perpetrators, much less anticipate their attacks, provides support for Louis Beam’s “leaderless resistance” tactic. During the 1980s, Louis Beam — a Vietnam War veteran, Klansman and Aryan Nation activist — wrote what became an influential observation about ways in which racial supremacists… Continue reading “Lone Wolf Attacks Prove Louis Beam Was Right About “Leaderless Resistance””