About VOX-Pol

The VOX-Pol Network of Excellence (NoE) is a European Union Framework Programme 7 (FP7)-funded academic research network focused on researching the prevalence, contours, functions, and impacts of Violent Online Political Extremism and responses to it.

VOX-Pol’s interest is in exploring how violent extremist politics plays out ‘online,’ by which is generally meant the Internet. In terms of the type of politics being referred to, it is political activity situated at the outermost ends (i.e. the extremities) of any political spectrum. The centre of any such spectrum is generally held to be moderate; extremism may thus be conceived as the opposite, in either direction, of moderation. The problem with this approach however is that it is highly dependent on identification of the ‘centre’ (i.e. moderates), which in itself can be a highly subjective decision. The qualifier ‘violent’ is therefore employed here to describe VOX-Pol’s interest, which is in those that employ or advocate physical violence against other individuals and groups to forward their political objectives.

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  • TERRORIST USE OF THE INTERNET – ASSESSMENT AND RESPONSE
    Jun
    27
    2016
    Date/Time Monday, 27 June ~ Wednesday, 29 June - 2016 Background This Advanced Research Workshop will examine the convergence of two global threats i.e. cyber and terrorism. Terrorist organisations have already expressed an interest in...
  • News coverage of VOX-Pol Mid-Project Conference: Taking Stock of...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    State and internet firms join to fight online abuse and incitement Online offences concerning cyber-bullying and sexual exploitation of children must be countered by governments working in partnership with internet service providers,...
  • Interview with ISIS-chan - The cute anime character fighting...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Moign Khawaja and Sara Dissanayake The Islamic State, previously calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a...
  • Here’s how radical groups like Islamic State use social...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Sandy Schumann Following the deaths of several African American men at the hands of police last year, the Twitter hashtag #blacklivesmatter enabled people from around the world to discuss race relations in the US....
  • VOX-POL SEMANTIC MULTIMEDIA ANALYSIS WORKSHOP FOR RESEARCHING VIOLENT ONLINE...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    A workshop based on the semantic multimedia analysis for researching violent online political extremism content was held under the auspices of VOX-Pol at SRIE2016 (Security Research & Innovation Event), which took...
  • European Commission Online Platform Proposals Puts Onus on Companies
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Jens-Henrik Jeppesen On 25 May, the European Commission published a set of proposals and documents under the umbrella of its Digital Single Market strategy. Among them is a Communication on ‘Online Platforms and...
  • Information Warfare: Weaponizing Facebook And Twitter
    Jun
    29
    2016
    U.S. SOCOM (Special Operations Command) has increasingly depended on commercial technology to gain an edge in battle. This has paid off as Islamic terrorists have moved some of the combat to...
  • My Islamic State Social Network
    Jun
    29
    2016
    My first conversation with Islamic State was about my reporting. I had just shared an article I'd written about the terrorist group recruiting Western fighters on my Twitter when I saw...
  • America is ‘dropping cyberbombs’ – but how do they...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Richard Forno & Anupam Joshi Recently, United States Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work publicly confirmed that the Pentagon’s Cyber Command was “dropping cyberbombs,” taking its ongoing battle against the Islamic State...
  • VOX-POL NEWSLETTER 3(2) MAY 2016
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Welcome to Vol. 3, Iss. 2 of the VOX-Pol Newsletter. We hope to see many of you at our 22 – 24 June 2016 conference in Dublin. The draft lineup is now...
  • VOX-POL PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP 2 - Internet Research Ethics for...
    Jun
    22
    2016
    Title Internet Research Ethics for Violent Extremism & Terrorism Researchers Date and time Wednesday, 22 June from 9:00am to 1:00pm Conveners Prof. Elizabeth Buchanan (University of Wisconsin) Prof. Charles Ess (University of Oslo) *Details to appear shortly
  • Countering Lone Wolf Terrorism: Weak Signals and Online Activities
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Lisa Kaati and Fredrik Johansson Lone wolf terrorists can come in a variety of shapes and backgrounds and they are in general very hard to detect before they attack. As argued by...
  • Vox-Pol Pre-Conference Workshop 3 - Human Reasoning Meets Machine...
    Jun
    22
    2016
    Title Human Reasoning Meets Machine Learning: Hands-on Workshop Using Mixed-Media Analytics Tools on Violent Online Extremism Data. Date and time Wednesday, 22 June from 2:00pm to 6:00pm Convener Heather Griffioen-Young – A social psychologist and manager of TNO’s...
  • VOX-POL PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP 1 - Python for Social Scientists
    Jun
    22
    2016
    Title Python for Social Scientists Date and time Wednesday, 22 June at 9:00am Conveners Prof. Padraig Cunningham (University College Dublin), Dr. Derek Greene (University College Dublin), and Tania Malik  (Dublin City University & University College Dublin) Workshop...
  • How Jabhat Al Nusra Uses Twitter to Spread Propaganda
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Twitter has become a key social media platform used by non-state actors in Syria to send propaganda to the rest of the world. For the most part Twitter has done a good...
  • Gonna get myself connected: Social media as a facilitation...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Timothy Holman "I think it’s — there are several networks. There are several facilitators. There are plenty of ways to get information back and forth: go through mosques, go through the...
  • Book Review: Islamic State - The Digital Caliphate by...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Daniel Falkiner Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate provides detailed answers to a number of pressing questions: What exactly is ISIS? Where did it come from? Who is behind it? How does it...
  • VOX-Pol Participation in RAN CoE Research Seminar ‘Research on...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Identifying key knowledge gaps in the area of preventing violent extremism was the main focus of a recent EU Radicalisation Awareness Network Centre of Excellence (RAN CoE) research seminar in Vienna...
  • How ISIS’s language changed over time: More concern with...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Matteo Vergani We (myself and Ana-Maria Bliuc) just published a brief research-paper in the Italian magazine “Security, Terrorism and Society“. We used the computerized text analysis program LIWC (Linguistic Inquiry and...
  • Could encryption ‘backdoors’ safeguard privacy and fight terror online?
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Prof. Keith Martin Since so much of life has moved online, a clash has emerged between the opposing values of internet freedom, and internet control. Should the internet be a public...
  • On social media, ISIS uses modern cultural images to...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Javier Lesaca The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) has emerged in less than two years as one of the major security challenges for the global community. At the same time, this terrorist group...
  • West’s de-radicalisation strategy needs rethink to effectively fight ISIS,...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Dr. Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, Head of Research and Information at VOX-Pol partner ICSR, had said more needs to be done on a region/country specific basis as part of the West’s de-radicalisation strategy. Dr....
  • VOX-Pol participates in ISA Annual Convention 2016 in Atlanta
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Researchers from VOX-Pol Coordinator institution Dublin City University made a series of contributions at the International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, which took place from 16 -...
  • Terrorists' Use of Messaging Applications
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Matthew Francis and Emma Barrett Terrorists and criminals, like the rest of us, need to communicate and, like the rest of us, they look out for ways of communicating that meet their...
  • Does the media say too much when reporting on...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Javier Delgado Rivera News coverage of investigations into terrorist attacks raise concerns about whether the media goes too far in reporting police findings that may be of some help to bloodthirsty...
  • Assessing the Ethics and Politics of Policing the Internet...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    The Oxford Internet Institute’s Ian Brown and MIT’s Josh Cowls co-authored the VOX-Pol report entitled Check the Web: Assessing the Ethics and Politics of Policing the Internet for Extremist Material, which explores the complexities of...
  • How ISIS Supporters Filter Extremism Through Instagram
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Aabid Shafi ISIS’ social media capabilities are well known. The effectiveness with which the group makes use of social media to recruit new fighters and spread its propaganda has set off an...
  • VOX-Pol Contributes to International Roundtable Discussion on Countering Terrorism...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Factors underlying violent extremism and radicalisation that lead to terrorism and ways to effectively address this threat in Central Asia and beyond were the focus of an international roundtable discussion organized...
  • Pressuring Platforms to Censor Content is Wrong Approach to...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Scott Craig and Emma Llansó The UK government has published a new counter-extremism strategy outlining the steps it intends to take to counter extremist ideologies in British society. In an expansion...
  • What analysis of the Islamic State’s messaging keeps missing
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Haroro Ingram Countering Islamic State “strategic communications” is one of the most pressing national security concerns facing Western governments. Developing more nuanced understanding of the organization’s communications strategy will be crucial to...
  • VOX-Pol Newsletter 3(1) February 2016
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Welcome to Vol. 3, Iss. 1 of the VOX-Pol Newsletter. VOX-Pol is now at the beginning of its third year, and we are looking forward to an exciting year ahead, full of...
  • Challenges of using Twitter as a data source: An...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Wasim Ahmed In one of my previous blog posts I outlined a number of software applications that could be used to capture and analyse data from Twitter. In this blog post I outline...
  • Al-Shabaab returns to Twitter
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by David Mair On Thursday 21st January 2015, al-Shabaab attacked the Lido Beach area of Mogadishu in the heart of Somalia.  The area is regarded as Somalia’s premier tourism destination; where Somalis...
  • Analyzing the Islamic State’s Information Campaign: Interview With Australian...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Joel Wing In the west, the Islamic State (IS) is usually described as a new type of insurgent group that is exploiting technological advances to spread its message to create a...
  • Dr. Matti Pohjonen joins IFSH as VOX-Pol Research Fellow
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol's 2015 - 2016 Research Fellow is Dr. Matti Pohjonen. Matti joined VOX-Pol partner the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) at the University of Hamburg at the start...
  • Indonesia needs more than hashtags to defy terror
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Andi Rahman Alamsyah People were commenting on social media within moments of the terrorist bombings and shooting on 14 January in Jakarta by attackers linked to Islamic State (IS). Two popular hashtags emerged...
  • BEYOND PRIVACY: THE COSTS AND CONSEQUENCES OF MASS SURVEILLANCE
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Esther Kersley Last week the new UN privacy chief said UK surveillance was “worse than 1984”. In the two years since the Snowden leaks revealed the existence of...
  • Six easy ways to tell if that viral story...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Pete Brown “And so it begins … ISIS flag among refugees in Germany fighting the police,” blared the headline on the Conservative Post; “with this new leaked picture, everything seems confirmed”....
  • Defence is fighting ISIS online, but we don’t know...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by David Donaldson The Australian Defence Force’s latest initiative in the war on the Islamic State, a Twitter account disputing “Daesh lies”, builds on lessons from the problems encountered by earlier attempts...
  • To Combat ISIS, Europe Must Do More to Police...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Thomas Hegghammer I have studied jihadism online for nearly 15 years, and I have never seen jihadis exploit the Internet with greater ease, effectiveness and impunity than they do today. The...
  • VOX-Pol Mid-Project Conference: Taking Stock of Research on Violent...
    Jun
    22
    2016
    Register Here Draft Programme BACKGROUND The VOX-Pol Network of Excellence (voxpol.eu) is an EU-funded academic research network focused on researching the prevalence, contours, functions, and impacts of violent online political extremism and responses to...
  • VOX-POL SUMMER SCHOOL 2016: TOPICS IN VIOLENT ONLINE POLITICAL...
    Jul
    04
    2016
    Organized by the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) at the Central European University (CEU) and VOX-Pol Network of Excellence Course Director(s): Eva Bognar  (Center for Media, Data and Society at SPP of CEU, Budapest, Hungary) Maura Conway (Law...
  • VOX-Pol Summer School 2016: Topics in Violent Online Political...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Course Date: July 4-9, 2016 Organized by the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) at the Central European University (CEU) and VOX-Pol Network of Excellence Course Director(s): Eva Bognar (Center for Media, Data and Society at SPP of...
  • The Decline in Islamic State Media Output
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Aaron Y Zelin Over the years, I identified the pace at which a jihadi group releases content as one of the general indicators of its health. When AQAP and AQIM were...
  • VOX-Pol Workshop on Critiquing the Discourse of Violent Online...
    Mar
    08
    2016
    The discourse of violent online radicalisation has been mainstreamed, being increasingly prevalent in both policy circles and media representations. On 8 - 9 March 2016, VOX-Pol will convene a workshop at...
  • Call for Extended Abstracts: VOX-Pol Workshop on Critiquing the...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    The discourse of violent online radicalisation has been mainstreamed, being increasingly prevalent in both policy circles and media representations. On 8 - 9 March 2016, VOX-Pol will convene a workshop at...
  • Technology, Terrorism and Online Behaviour
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Carl Miller   In June, the SAS and heavily armed police poured onto the streets of London. Fire brigade and paramedics appeared wearing flak jackets and explosions, sirens and automatic gunfire drowned...
  • VOX-Pol Launched Online Library of Publications Related to Violent...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    On 8 December VOX-Pol launched our Online Library, an exciting new research and teaching resource, on its website: www.voxpol.eu. The Library currently has over 250 publications related to various aspects of Violent Online...
  • DR. MAURA CONWAY CONTRIBUTES TO OII AND GOOGLE INTERNET...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol Coordinator Dr. Maura Conway (DCU) participated in a panel discussion at the final day of the Internet Leadership Academy in Dublin on 4 December. The Academy was convened by our VOX-Pol partner, the...
  • Anonymous can’t defeat Islamic State, but here’s what it...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Andres Guadamuz The announcement that hacktivist collective Anonymous has declared war on the Islamic State has been received positively by the public. After the Paris attack some may think governments are...
  • Reminder: Lunch Briefing Series
    Jun
    29
    2016
    This is a reminder regarding the final two sessions of VOX-Pol's Lunch Briefing Series. On Wednesday, 2 December, Dr. Nico Prucha (VOX-Pol Fellow, ICSR) will discuss 'Online Environments and the Violent Jihad,' with a particular focus on...
  • Anonymous hackers could be Islamic State’s online nemesis
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Athina Karatzogianni One of the key issues the West has had to face in countering Islamic State (IS) is the jihadi group’s mastery of online propaganda, seen in hundreds of thousands of...
  • How social media was key to Islamic State's attack...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Robyn Torok While the average person was getting on with life in Paris before last Friday’s terror bombings and shootings, Twitter threads in Arabic from the Middle East were urging for...
  • VOX-Pol Newsletter 2(4) November 2015
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Welcome to Vol. 2, Iss. 4 of the VOX-Pol Newsletter. VOX-Pol is happy to announce the publication of its first research report earlier this month, which measures online behaviours of convicted UK...
  • Wilayat Twitter and the Battle against Islamic State’s Twitter...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Elizabeth Pearson In the past two years, the so-called Islamic State (IS) has made Twitter its own, many of its supporters even describing the social media forum as an IS ‘wilayat’...
  • Step-by-Step Online CVE
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by J.M Berger The world continues to deal with the offline consequences of how ISIS works online, hunting among the fringes of society for those rare individuals who can be convinced to...
  • VOX-Pol Represented at Club De Madrid and ICSR's Madrid...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol was represented by our Coordinator, Dr. Maura Conway (DCU), at Club De Madrid's global policy dialogue 'Madrid +10: Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism', which took place in Madrid, Spain, from 27...
  • New VOX-Pol Report: What are the Roles of the...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Launching 4 November 2015 at the VOX-Pol Lunch Briefing Series In London, on November 4 2015, Dr. Paul Gill will present findings from his co-authored research report entitled 'What are the Roles of...
  • Media and Social Responsibility at a Time of Radicalisation
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Helen Vatsikopoulos   At the ongoing coronial inquest into the deaths arising from last year’s Lindt café siege in Sydney, experts cannot agree whether Man Haron Monis was a radicalised terrorist or...
  • What Nazi Propaganda Can Teach Us about ISIS
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Steven Luckert In 1924, Adolf Hitler described propaganda as "a terrible weapon in the hands of an expert." For two decades, the Nazis showed the world what a devastating weapon it...
  • VOX-Pol Lunch Briefing Series
    Jun
    29
    2016
    This Autumn, the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence invites you to a series of Lunchtime Briefing Seminars, each exploring a different aspect of Violent Online Political Extremism. Sessions run each week, with themes...
  • Lunch Briefing Series: Is Violent Online Radicalisation Really Occurring?...
    Dec
    08
    2015
    Seminar 6: Is Violent Online Radicalisation Really Occurring? And, If So, How? Tuesday December 8th 1230-1400 (Please note the change of day, location and time for this event) Houses of Parliament, Committee...
  • Lunch Briefing Series: Online Environments and the Violent Jihad
    Dec
    02
    2015
    Seminar 5: Online Environments and the Violent Jihad Wednesday December 2nd, 1315 - 1430 War Studies Meeting Room, 6th Floor, King’s College London, Strand Campus *Please note that there is no charge for attendance. Abstract This...
  • Lunch Briefing Series: The Ethics and Politics of Policing...
    Nov
    25
    2015
    Seminar 4: The Ethics and Politics of Policing the Internet for Violent Extremist Content Wednesday November 25th, 1315 - 1430 War Studies Meeting Room, 6th Floor, King’s College London, Strand Campus *Please note...
  • Lunch Briefing Series: Extreme Right Groups and the Internet
    Nov
    18
    2015
    Seminar 3: Extreme Right Groups and the Internet Wednesday November 18th , 1315 - 1430 War Studies Meeting Room, 6th Floor, King’s College London, Strand Campus *Please note that there is no charge for...
  • Lunch Briefing Series: Gender, Twitter, and ISIS supporters
    Nov
    11
    2015
    Seminar 2: Gender, Twitter, and ISIS supporters Wednesday November 11th, 1315 - 1430 Pyramid Room, 4th Floor, King’s College London, Strand Campus RUSI Associate Fellow and King’s College researcher Elizabeth Pearson explores the role...
  • Lunch Briefing Series: Lone Actors and Online Influences
    Nov
    04
    2015
    Seminar 1: Lone Actors and Online Influences Pyramid Room, 4th Floor, King’s College London, Strand Campus Dr Paul Gill, Senior Lecturer in Security and Crime Science at VOX-Pol partner institution University College London,...
  • Is Snapchat a Threat to National Security?
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Andrew Murray Last week reports emerged in the media that the proposed Investigatory Powers Bill may lead to the banning of popular communications apps Snapchat, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. This was in many...
  • Dr. Kate Coyer contributes to OSCE workshop
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol’s Dr. Kate Coyer, also Director of the Center for Media and Communication Studies at Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary participated in the “Media Freedom and Responsibilities in the Context of...
  • VOX-Pol TRAINING ACADEMY: TOPICS IN VIOLENT POLITICAL EXTREMISM, TERRORISM,...
    Sep
    21
    2015
    COURSE DIRECTOR(S) Maura Conway School of Law & Government, Dublin City University, Ireland Lisa McInerney School of Law & Government, Dublin City University, Ireland COURSE COORDINATOR Dumitrita Holdis Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University, Hungary SUMMARY The...
  • Is the internet an incubator for radicalisation?
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Irene McGinn and Adam Joinson This blog post explores the reasons why some online ideological groups take action while others do not and focuses on to what extent the online communications of ideological...
  • VOX-Pol's inaugural Training Academy took place in Valencia from...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol's inaugural week-long Training Academy took place in Valencia, Spain from Monday, 21 September, 2015 to Friday, 25 September, 2015. The event was designed to provide policymakers, law enforcement, social media companies,...
  • Lisa McInerney participates at CYBERSEC in Poland
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol Programme Manager and Research Fellow, Lisa McInerney, participated in CYBERSEC, the European Cybersecurity Forum which was held from 28-29 September in Krakow, Poland. In one of the military breakout sessions on...
  • Nico Prucha's interview on IS propaganda and recruitment
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol Research Fellow Dr. Nico Prucha is quoted extensively in a piece entitled 'Fighting ISIS Online' published yesterday (30 Sept. 2015) by MIT Technology Review. The article's author, David Talbot, describes...
  • The semiotics of violent jihadist propaganda: The message and...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Massimo Leone On the one hand, terrorism is the antithesis of communication. It does not aim at transmitting any message to its victims, but at annihilating them. On the other hand,...
  • FOSINT Conference 2015
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol's Dr. Maura Conway delivered a keynote address at last week's FOSINT Conference (26 – 27 August 2015), which was co-located with ASONAM 2015 at Telecom-ParisTech in Paris, France. FOSINT, which stands for ‘International Symposium on...
  • Nico Prucha presents on online media and online extremism
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol Research Fellow Dr. Nico Prucha presented a talk on “Online Media and Online Extremism: The Case of Sunni Extremists and Media Strategies” for a workshop entitled “Violent Extremism in the...
  • Monitoring racist and xenophobic extremism to counter hate speech...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Andrea Cerase, Elena D’Angelo and Claudia Santoro The rise of racism in Europe In recent years online racism has seen a quick and serious growth in many European and non-European countries, till to become a...
  • The Terror You Know, the Terror You Don't -...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Alex Krasodomski-Jones A decade after 7/7, the War on Terror rumbles on. Ten years ago, it was Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein: a battle against dictators and super-terrorists responsible for thousands...
  • A “radical sociability”: In defence of an online/offline multidimensional...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Benjamin Ducol Beyond a dichotomic view of radicalisation in the digital era The dichotomisation of “virtual” versus “real world” is one of the major pitfalls in current studies of radicalisation in the...
  • Using Twitter as a data source: An overview of...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Wasim Ahmed I have a social media research blog where I find and write about tools that can be used to capture and analyse data from social media platforms. My PhD looks...
  • VOX-Pol Newsletter 2(3) August 2015
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Welcome to Vol. 2, Iss. 3 of the VOX-Pol Newsletter. The VOX-Pol Network of Excellence is a European Union Framework Programme 7 funded academic research network focused on researching the prevalence, contours,...
  • Drawing the line between free speech and online radicalisation
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Jacob Mchangama The global spate of terrorist attacks has brought the phenomenon of online radicalisation to the forefront. Governments and intelligence services warn that extremist groups use social media to recruit...
  • Nico Prucha interview on ISIS' successful use of videos...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol Research Fellow, Dr Nico Prucha, and Principle Data Scientist, VORTEX, University of Vienna, Ali Fisher, gave an interview to SciDev.Net last week on how the ‘media mujahideen’ of ISIS use...
  • Pop Terrorism: ISIS’ Media Campaign
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Sam Garin In a video entitled “There is no Life without Jihad,” young men shaded by verdant palm trees empathetically assure their audience that they understand their struggle as Muslims in a western...
  • Public Lecture by UCL's Paul Gill on 'Lone Actor'...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Dr. Paul Gill, Senior Lecturer in Security and Crime Science at VOX-Pol partner institution University College London, gave a fascinating presentation of his award-winning research into 'Lone Actor’ terrorism on Wednesday...
  • Extremist Forums Provide Digital OPSEC Training
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Aaron Brantly and Muhammad al-`Ubaydi The average netizen has terrible digital hygiene. We click on random links, open emails from unknown individuals, use public WiFi hotspots, leave computers and devices unsecured,...
  • IS' Social Media Strategy Leverages Convergence Culture
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Yannick Veilleux-Lepage Although there is nothing new in violent extremist groups quickly adopting new technology, what has hardly any precedent is the breadth of the communication strategy implemented by IS. Not...
  • Public Lecture at ICSR by VOX-Pol Fellow Nico Prucha...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol Research Fellow Dr. Nico Prucha, is currently being hosted by ICSR at King's College London, a VOX-Pol partner institution. On Monday, 6 July, Dr. Prucha delivered an hour-long lecture on...
  • VOX-Pol attends Radicalisation Awareness Network meeting
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol Programme Manager Lisa McInerney is speaking at a meeting of the Radicalisation Awareness Network at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue in London today. The meeting, ‘Bringing together industry partners and CVE...
  • Review: Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next Generation
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Joshua Sinai In the United States, Canada and Western Europe, dozens of al Qaeda, al-Shabab- and ISIS-related terrorist plots have been thwarted by government counterterrorism agencies through electronic surveillance of terrorist...
  • VOX-Pol participates in CEU Summer School
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol Programme Manager Lisa McInerney is participating in Central European University’s CMDS Summer Program on Advanced Topics in Internet Governance, Civil Society and Communication Policy Advocacy. The CMDS Summer Program is being held...
  • VOX-Pol participates in EU annual meeting on UNSCR 1325
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol coordinator Dr. Maura Conway contributed to the EU Member States’ Annual Meeting on the UNSCR 1325 on Friday. The ‘Women, Peace and Security in the Context of Violent Extremism and Terrorism’...
  • Public Lecture: Lone Actor Terrorists: A Behavioural Analysis
    Jul
    15
    2015
    Talk by Dr Paul Gill, Lecturer in Security and Crime Science at VOX-pol partner University College London Based upon a unique dataset of 111 lone actors that catalogues the life span of...
  • Public Lecture: Understanding the "Islamic State" Narratives Through Analysing...
    Jul
    06
    2015
    Talk by VOX-Pol Research Fellow, Dr Nico Prucha ISIS and its sympathisers have become one of the most prolific produces of jihadist media within the global jihadist movement.  In order to better...
  • VOX-Pol participates in Factor Conference
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol contributed to this week's Factor Conference, a Youth Conference organised by the trainees of the European Committee of the Regions in collaboration with CoR services at the end of...
  • IS radicalises Western youth via the internet? It’s not...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Samina Yasmeen The discussions around why young Australian Muslims are leaving home to join the fighting in Syria and Iraq on the side of or against Islamic State (IS) suffer from two kinds of reductionism....
  • Pictures Matter : The Visual Culture of Jihadism
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Nico Prucha How the Arabic Ideology of Jihadist Movements Targets non-Arab(ic) Online Networks, Part 2 Jihadist narratives are fostered by the increasingly visual nature of online culture. Videos are the most important...
  • VOX-Pol joins Insafe Network discussions on Online Extremism and...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol participated in a two-day meeting hosted by the Insafe Network of Safer Internet Centres in Prague from 27-28 May. Insafe is a European network of 31 national awareness centres comprising the...
  • VOX-Pol participates in Brookings' US-Islamic World Forum 2015
    Jun
    29
    2016
    The Brookings Institution, in conjunction with the State of Qatar, convened the 12th annual US-Islamic World Forum in Doha from 1 - 3 June. The Forum's theme was “Changing Assumptions,” which referred...
  • VOX-Pol participates in CVE Conference, Oslo
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol participated in the Youth Against Violent Extremism conference in Oslo on 4 June. The conference, organised by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was...
  • Are We Our Own Worst Enemy? The Problems in...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Clint Watts A month ago, the Washington Post published the most insightful article to date on the challenges the U.S. government has encountered battling al Qaeda, the Islamic State and jihadis...
  • Words Matter – How the Arabic Ideology of Jihadist...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    This blog is being published in two parts. Part two on 10 June by Nico Prucha With Arabic as the most important language for Islam, as the Qur’an is the speech of God...
  • VOX-Pol attends Family Safety Online Forum
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol coordinator Dr Maura Conway attended the 7th European Forum of the Family Online Safety Institute in Brussels on May 12 at the invitation of FOSI. The event, which focused on...
  • The UK's missing girls: preventing online radicalisation
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Sajda Mughal British schoolgirls Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum who left home in February 2015 to join ISIS It is becoming increasingly evident that, in the words of the former...
  • South Dakota University students meet VOX-Pol in Dublin
    Jun
    29
    2016
    A group of 18 students from the University of South Dakota visited Dublin City University on 14 May as part of VOX-Pol's student outreach. The students are enrolled in a University...
  • Does the Internet Play a Significant Role in Contemporary...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Maura Conway Some scholars and others remain skeptical of a significant role for the Internet in processes of violent radicalisation. There is increasing concern on the part of other scholars, and...
  • VOX-Pol Newsletter 2(2) May 2015
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Welcome to Vol. 2, Iss. 2 of the VOX-Pol Newsletter. The VOX-Pol Network of Excellence is a European Union Framework Programme 7 funded academic research network focused on researching the prevalence, contours,...
  • New research opportunities with VOX-Pol
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol is offering opportunities for researchers working in Violent Online Political Extremism to further expand and strengthen their research careers under its Researcher Exchange Programme. The Programme enables scientific visits and research stays in...
  • Leaving 'paradise' for Jihad: Maldivian fighters in Syria, and...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Azra Naseem The Maldives adopted Islam as its official religion in 1153 CE and is a ‘100 per cent Muslim country’ with a Constitution that stipulates a non-Muslim cannot be a...
  • Telling it straight on countering violent online extremism
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Millions of Euro are being pumped into producing online content aimed at preventing young people from being drawn into extremist activities via the Internet, especially via social media content consumption and...
  • Review - The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Morgane Colleau In The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication, Lina Khatib, Dinar Matar and Atef Alshaer offer a comprehensive analysis of the group’s sophisticated political communication strategy since its inception in 1982. Although...
  • The State of al-Qaeda
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Aaron Y. Zelin Ten years ago, an individual said: “We are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media....
  • Six Technical Steps for Fighting ISIS on Twitter
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Last week Twitter General Counsel, Vijaya Gadde, contributed an editorial in The Washington Post entitled 'Here’s How We’re Trying to Stop Abuse while Preserving Free Speech.' Yesterday, Twitter's Director of Product Management, Shreyas Doshi,...
  • European and American Extreme Right Movements and Their Online...
    Jun
    29
    2016
      by Manuela Caiani The Internet is generally regarded as an important vehicle of progress; however, it also embodies a ‘dark side’ that is not yet widely understood. Focusing on extreme-right organisations in six...
  • VOX-Pol participates in Canada’s Kanishka Project Symposium
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol's Lisa McInerney speaking at the Symposium VOX-Pol participated in the Public Safety Canada Kanishka Project Symposium held in Ottawa, Canada from 30-31 March 2015. The Symposium surveyed social media/online-based research conducted...
  • Fellowship Programme on Violent Online Political Extremism
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Call for Expressions of Interest VOX-Pol is an EU FP7-funded Network of Excellence that integrates the world’s leading researchers and research groups in Violent Online Political Extremism. The network includes those researching...
  • Lone actor terrorism and the Internet: what role, if...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Paul Gill Over the past few years, a number of concerns have been raised about both the nature of the Internet’s relationship with terrorism and the threat posed by lone-actor terrorists....
  • How to beat the media mujahideen
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Jamie Bartlett and Ali Fisher These days, you no longer need to fly halfway across the world to join your chosen extremist cause. You can be a jihadi from behind your...
  • Cyber Jihadists and Their Web
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Beatrice Berton and Patryk Pawlak Jihadist militants have long operated in the pockets of instability which stretch from Bamako to Bagdad. However, they have also been making the most of governance...
  • VOX-Pol is on YouTube
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol has launched a YouTube channel that collects video material related to violent online political extremism. Some of the videos on the channel are VOX-Pol’s own material such as British blogger...
  • 'Islamic State' has mastered the use of social media...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    ICSR's Alex Hitchens introduces Nico Prucha at the talk “The self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State’ has mastered the use of social media outlets for its most strategic purpose: to indoctrinate, radicalise and subsequently recruit...
  • From Theatres to Cyberspace: The Media and Terrorism
    Jun
    29
    2016
    On this week's blog, Professor Gabriel Weimann discusses his new book, published this month, From Theatres to Cyberspace: The Media and Terrorism which examines changing arenas of terrorist communication with a...
  • Open, multi-stakeholder discussions necessary to tackle use of social...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Workshop ready to begin at the School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest Social media companies, law enforcement agencies and free speech activists all agree that open discussions among them are...
  • Two-day workshop on the role of social media and...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Anna Orosz The Center for Media, Data and Society at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary hosted the third VOX-Pol workshop on 5 – 6 March with the participation of nearly 40 experts...
  • How not to destroy the Internet while fighting terror
    Jun
    29
    2016
      Rebecca MacKinnon, blogger and co-founder of Global Voices Online, will be speaking at VOX-Pol's two day Workshop on the Role of Social Media and Internet Companies in Responding to Violent Online Political...
  • Agenda: Workshop on the role of social media and...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    The workshop format is designed to encourage dialogue and debate. In order to do so, each session will begin with 3-4 participants offering opening remarks of approximately 10 minutes to help...
  • Arrested War: After Diffused War
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Andrew Hoskins and Ben O’Loughlin In the past two decades we have passed through three phases of media ecology, and each has shaped a different way media have entered into the operations and...
  • Exciting line-up of speakers for VOX-Pol’s March workshop on...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    As VOX-Pol’s March workshop in Budapest on the role of social media and internet companies in responding to violent online political extremism draws nearer, its exciting line-up of speakers is continuing...
  • Social Media and the Rise of the Islamic State...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Joe Galvin It has been 11 years since U.S. President George W. Bush gave his ‘Mission Accomplished’ speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln signaling the end of major combat operations in...
  • VOX-Pol Newsletter 2(1) February 2015
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Welcome to Vol. 2, Iss. 1 of the VOX-Pol Newsletter. Year 1 of VOX-Pol was a resounding success. In the 12 months to December 2014, we hosted three events to which we...
  • VOX-POL SUMMER SCHOOL: TOPICS IN VIOLENT ONLINE POLITICAL EXTREMISM
    Jun
    30
    2014
    Course Director Maura Conway School of Law & Government, Dublin City University, Ireland Lisa McInerney School of Law & Government, Dublin City University, Ireland Course Coordinator Eva Bognar Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University,...
  • INAUGURAL VOX-POL CONFERENCE: ‘VIOLENT ONLINE POLITICAL EXTREMISM: SETTING A...
    Aug
    28
    2014
    The VOX-Pol Network of Excellence (NoE) is an EU-funded academic research...
  • BEHAVIOURAL UNDERPINNINGS OF VIOLENT ONLINE POLITICAL EXTREMISM
    Dec
    02
    2014
    CLICK ON SPEAKER NAMES BELOW FOR THEIR PRESENTATIONS Maura Conway, Online Radicalisation: The State of the Art Amy Thornton, Behavioural Underpinnings of Violent Online Political Extremism Emily Corner, Lone Actor Terrorist Use of the Internet and...
  • WORKSHOP ON THE ETHICS AND POLITICS OF ONLINE MONITORING...
    Jan
    19
    2015
    CLICK ON SPEAKER NAMES BELOW FOR THEIR PRESENTATIONS Andrea Cerase et al, Monitoring Racist and Xenophobic Extremism to Counter Hate Speech Online: Ethical Dilemmas...
  • WORKSHOP ON THE ROLE OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND INTERNET...
    Mar
    05
    2015
      CLICK ON SPEAKER NAMES BELOW FOR THEIR PRESENTATIONS Antoine Buyse (Netherlands Institute of Human Rights), The European Court of Human Rights and Violent...
  • Check the Web: Assessing the Ethics & Politics of...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Ian Brown The second Vox-Pol workshop, on the ethics and politics of online monitoring of violent extremism, took place in Brussels from 19-20 January. Around thirty experts - from law enforcement...
  • Social Media and conflict zones: the new evidence base...
    Jun
    29
    2016
                by Eliot Higgins In recent years, content shared via social media from conflict war zones has allowed us to gain a far deeper understanding of the on-the-ground realities of specific conflicts than...
  • VOX-Pol talks to Belgian public broadcaster about the online...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    VOX-Pol’s Principle Investigator Dr Maura Conway and Professor Ian Brown of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), a VOX-Pol partner institution, appeared on VRT, Belgium’s Flemish language public broadcaster, earlier this month. Professor...
  • Fight against terrorism online must protect & respect human...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Rebecca MacKinnon, co-founder of Global Voices Online and Director of the Ranking Digital Rights project at New America, testified on Tuesday before the the US House of Representatives' Committee on Foreign Affairs' Sub-committee on Terrorism, Non-Proliferation,...
  • Emergence and role(s) of online disseminators in the Syria...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Ruth Manning We live in an age where our political, religious, and other beliefs are being shaped by online content and interaction. Social media sites including Facebook and Twitter are...
  • VOX-Pol organises panel at CPDP conference
    Jun
    29
    2016
    There was standing room only at the VOX-Pol panel at yesterday’s CPDP conference. The 8th International Conference on Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) is ongoing in Brussels until Friday, 23 January....
  • Malheureusement, Nous Ne Sommes Pas Tous Charlie 2: Rules...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by David Stevens and Kieron O'Hara Last week in this blog, we argued that goods such as belonging and commitment were the chief drivers of extremist groups, alongside a rejection of mainstream...
  • Call for extended abstracts: VOX-Pol Workshop on the role...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    On March 5-6, 2015, the VOX-Pol network will convene a workshop at Central European University in Budapest on the role of social media and internet companies in responding to violent online...
  • Agenda: Ethics and Politics of Online Monitoring of Violent...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Monday 19 January 12.00-13:00: Lunch 13:00-15:00: Session One Chair: Ian Brown, Oxford Internet Institute Sadhbh McCarthy, Centre for Irish and European Security: The role of trust, insights and confidence on the use of OSINT (or SOCMINT)...
  • Malheureusement, Nous Ne Sommes Pas Tous Charlie: Combating (Online)...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by David Stevens and Kieron O'Hara The attacks by Islamist gunmen on the Parisian offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine and elsewhere have shocked the world, drawing attention away from ISIS and the...
  • Popular Online Figures who Inspire the Syrian Fighters
    Jun
    29
    2016
    By Joseph A. Carter, Shiraz Maher and Peter R. Neumann Over a twelve month period from early 2013 to early 2014 a team of researchers at ICSR created a database of social...
  • Down the (White) Rabbit Hole: The Extreme Right and...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Derek O'Callaghan YouTube's status as the most popular video sharing platform means that it is especially useful to political extremists in their efforts to influence a wide audience. We often see...
  • In the wake of Lee Rigby inquiry, remember radicalisation...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    by Matthew Francis A parliamentary inquiry has cleared MI5 of failing to prevent the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in May 2013. This despite the fact that his killers, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale,...
  • Counterterrorism Messaging Needs To Move From State to CIA
    Jun
    29
    2016
      by Philip Seib The State Department is trying hard to counter online propaganda from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The information battleground includes Twitter and video messages, terrain that ISIL knows well....
  • VOX-Pol Newsletter 1(3) November 2014
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Dear Reader, Welcome to the third issue of the VOX-Pol Newsletter! The VOX-Pol Network of Excellence is a European Union Framework Programme 7 funded academic research network focused on researching the prevalence, contours,...
  • Coming Face to Face With the New Normal in...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Elizabeth Buchanan         by Elizabeth Buchanan When news of the Facebook contagion study hit, I was presenting a session on research ethics to the VOX-Pol summer school at Dublin City University. I had intended...
  • Review: Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web, Gilbert Ramsay (2013) by Anne Stenersen In Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web, Gilbert Ramsay challenges existing assumptions about the phenomenon of ‘online jihadism’. He argues that...
  • The online life of a modern terrorist: Anders Behring...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Did the Internet play a decisive role in Anders Behring Breivik’s violent radicalisation? In a recent study of Breivik’s online activities, I went through his posts on various message boards between...
  • Call for extended abstracts: Workshop on the ethics and...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    On 19-20 January 2015, the VOX-Pol network is organising a workshop in Brussels on the ethics and politics of the day-to-day monitoring of the Net for material promoting violent extremism -- by...
  • Workshop: Behavioural Underpinnings of Violent Online Political Extremism (December...
    Jun
    29
    2016
    This workshop will revolve around ongoing VOX-Pol funded research being carried out at University College London's Department of Security and Crime Science. Over the past few years, a number of concerns...
  • Invitation to publish VOX-Pol inaugural conference papers
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Participants at VOX-Pol’s inaugural conference at King’s College London in August shared exciting and innovative new research into the process of online radicalisation, and into social media behaviour of violent political...
  • Request for contributions to online bibliography
    Jun
    29
    2016
    We are compiling a bibliography of research related to the topics of violent online political extremism and radicalisation. We aim to make the bibliography as extensive as possible and are inviting you to...
  • VOX-Pol Newsletter 1(2) August 2014
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Dear Reader, Welcome to the second issue of the VOX-Pol Newsletter! The VOX-Pol Network of Excellence is a European Union Framework Programme 7 funded academic research network focused on researching the prevalence, contours,...
  • VOX-Pol Conference Programme 2014
    Jun
    29
    2016
    SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT ANALYSIS: ETHICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL CHALLENGES CHIAR: Paul Gill The Use of Social Media in Social Sciences: Ethical and Methodological Considerations
 Aaron Zelin: King’s College London The Curious Case of Uncle Tom: The...
  • Researcher Exchange Programme on Violent Online Political Extremism
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Calls for Expression of Interest The VOX-Pol Network of Excellence (NoE) is a European Union Framework Programme 7 (FP7)-funded academic research network focused on researching the prevalence, contours, functions, and impacts of...
  • Fellowship Programme on Violent Online Political Extremism
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Call for Expressions of Interest VOX-Pol is a EU FP7-funded Network of Excellence that integrates the world’s leading researchers and research groups in Violent Online Political Extremism. The network of excellence includes...
  • VOX-Pol Newsletter 1(1) May 2014
    Jun
    29
    2016
    Dear Reader, Welcome to the first issue of the VOX-Pol Newsletter! We are delighted to present the first issue of the VOX-Pol Newsletter which will be issued every quarter to keep you up...

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Dublin City University

Located just north of Dublin city, Dublin City University (DCU) is a young, dynamic, and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research, and innovation. Ranked one of the ‘Top 50 Under 50’ universities worldwide, DCU delivers more than 200 programmes to over 12,000 students across four faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing and DCU Business School. The School of Law and Government in DCU is renowned for its undergraduate and graduate International Relations programme, with a strong academic team specialising in a variety of subjects ranging from law, development, and conflict resolution to gender relations, electoral politics, and violent political extremism and terrorism. The School is a contributor to DCU’s Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR), which works with key civil society partners and government to make its research more accessible to scholars and practitioners alike.

King’s College London

King’s College London (KCL) is among the world’s 20 leading universities and is one of the oldest in England (estbd.1829). Located at the heart of London, it is a multi-faculty, research-led university with nearly 26,000 students and over 7,000 staff. Over 10,000 students are postgraduates from more than 140 countries. KCL is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, learning and understanding in the service of society, both in the UK and internationally. The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at KCL’s Department of War Studies produces high quality rigorous research on radicalisation and political violence with the aim to educate the public and help policymakers and practitioners find more intelligent solutions in dealing with these issues. In addition to research, ICSR facilitates dialogue, and nurtures leadership through fellowships.

University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is one of the world’s leading universities. It teaches and conducts research across the natural, medical, and social sciences and humanities. The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) is a department in the University’s Social Science Division. Research in the Institute is arranged into four themes: governance and democracy, everyday life, the social shaping of technology, and science and learning. The Institute has 18 full-time academic staff, including political scientists, sociologists, economists, geographers and anthropologists. It also teaches c.20 doctoral students and 20+ MSc students. The OII is the only major department in a top-ranked international university to offer multi-disciplinary social science degree programmes focusing on the Internet. The Institute’s research projects are grounded in a determination to measure, understand and explain the Internet’s multi-faceted interactions.

Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek)

TNO was founded in 1932 as a government research laboratory with support from the Dutch government and industry. TNO’s scope is now much wider; it has developed into one of the leading Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) in Europe. TNO’s research and expertise make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, and to the economy and quality of life as a whole. TNO’s Mission and Strategy are to apply scientific knowledge with the aim of strengthening the innovative power of industry and government. TNO concentrates its activities on five themes: healthy living; industrial innovation; defence, security and safety; energy; and urbanisation. TNO has considerable expertise in the area of online radicalization; itis coordinator of the FP7 project SAFIRE and does research on radicalisation determinants for the Dutch Ministry of Interior. TNO also carries out research in the area of social media monitoring, such as its contribution to the FP7 project Virtuoso.

Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) (Institut Für Friedensforschung Und Sicherheitspolitik an Der Universität Hamburg)

The Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) is an independent research institute at the University of Hamburg. The Institute’s name reflects the central hypothesis underlying its work: ensuring peace and providing security are two sides of the same coin—they cannot be pursued in isolation from each other. The Institute’s current research programme focuses on the trans-nationalisation of political violence. It is currently running a series of research projects in the area of terrorism and political violence, among which are TERAS-INDEX (Terrorism and Radicalisation – Indicators for the Impact of External Factors); Modeling Islamist and Right-wing Radicalisation in Europe; Subjecting Freedom: Analysing Arguments in Favour of Restricting Human and Civil Rights Under the Pretext of Combating Terrorism in the USA, EU, and Russia; and Piracy and Maritime Terrorism as a Challenge for Maritime Trade Security.

Central European University

Budapest’s Central European University (CEU), established in 1991, has more than 1500 students from 100 countries and 300 faculty members from more than 30 countries. CEU’s Centre for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) is a hub for media and communication policy and research with a mission to advance media and communication scholarship in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. The CMDS was initiated in 2004 through the joint efforts of CEU and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. CMDS produces scholarly and practice-oriented research addressing academic, policy, and civil society needs. CMDS research promotes pluralism, participation and the democratic potential of the media, and investigates the complexities of media and communication in transition. CMDS research specifically focuses on media and communication policy, online free expression, responses to hate speech, communicative rights, privacy, and civil society.

University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam (UvA), established in 1632, is the third oldest university in the Netherlands. It is also the Netherland’s largest university by enrollment, and is one of the largest research universities in Europe with 29,783 students, 4,629 staff, and an endowment of €613.5 million. UvA’s Intelligent Systems Lab (ISLA) performs fundamental, applied and spin-off research. ISLA defines intelligence as observing and learning; observing the world by video, still pictures, signals and text and abstracting knowledge or decisions to act from these observations. Comprising of three research groups, ISLA has around 20 permanent staff members, a similar number of post-docs and engineers, and around 40 PhD students doing research on the theory, practice and implementation of multimedia information analysis. Their research portfolios include image and text search engines, learning from sensory data and indexing of large repositories. For text and visual media the Lab consistently achieves top-ranking performance in international benchmark competitions.

Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIITD)

The Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIITD) was created as a State University by an act of Delhi Government (The IIIT Delhi Act, 2007) empowering it to do research and development and to grant degrees. The mission of IIITD is to be a global centre of excellence in Information Technology education, training, and research. Its twin aims are: to carry out advanced research and development in information and software technologies in specific domain areas and to train and educate, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, engineers of outstanding ability who can become innovators and new product creators.

University College London (UCL)

University College London (UCL) was established in 1826 to open up education in England for the first time to students of all races, classes and religions. Today, UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength and won the largest funding allocation from the UK research councils in 2013. The university also attracts the third highest number of academic citations per faculty in the UK, demonstrating the relevance and standards of its research. UCL’s Department of Security and Crime Science is the first university department in the world devoted specifically to reducing crime and other risks to personal and national security. It does this through teaching, research, public policy analysis and by the dissemination of evidence-based information on crime reduction and security enhancement. The department plays a pivotal role in bringing together politicians, scientists, designers and practitioners to examine patterns in crime and security threats and to find practical methods to disrupt these patterns. The department is widely recognised for its knowledge transfer and exploitation activities, and the impact that its research has had on real world crime problems.

Dublin City University

Located just north of Dublin city, Dublin City University (DCU) is a young, dynamic, and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research, and innovation. Ranked one of the ‘Top 50 Under 50’ universities worldwide, DCU delivers more than 200 programmes to over 12,000 students across four faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing and DCU Business School. The School of Law and Government in DCU is renowned for its undergraduate and graduate International Relations programme, with a strong academic team specialising in a variety of subjects ranging from law, development, and conflict resolution to gender relations, electoral politics, and violent political extremism and terrorism. The School is a contributor to DCU’s Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR), which works with key civil society partners and government to make its research more accessible to scholars and practitioners alike.