Tag: Counter Extremism

Radical Right Terrorism is Now Taken Seriously, But the Rifts They Exploit Are Not Healing

Spring 2018 marks a dark anniversary for those who study the radical right. Nineteen years ago, David Copeland, self-appointed member of the White Wolves and more infamously known as the “London Nail Bomber”, was in the midst of his bombing campaign. Targeting communities in East London, Brixton and Soho, his goal was to divide society… Continue reading “Radical Right Terrorism is Now Taken Seriously, But the Rifts They Exploit Are Not Healing”

Interventions into the radical right – We need to ask the right questions

The latest Home Office release of data on its counter terrorism Channel programme highlights the need for research on its efficacy in countering right wing extremism. In late March 2018, Britain’s Home Office released its latest set of statistics on the Prevent Strategy and its associated Channel programme. These figures indicate there have been “improved”… Continue reading “Interventions into the radical right – We need to ask the right questions”

Corpus Linguistics and the Problem of Non-Violent Extremism

During the 2016-17 Home Affairs Select Committee on Radicalisation, Google claimed that, in 2014, they had removed over 14 million videos relating to different forms of abuse, including content that promoted violent extremism. They have now announced they will be employing an additional 10,000 staff as human moderators to take down videos and comments that… Continue reading “Corpus Linguistics and the Problem of Non-Violent Extremism”

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.?”