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VOX-Pol at SRE 2018

The VOX-Pol team were in Brussels on the 5 – 6 December for this year’s Security Research Event. The event was held in the Square Convention Centre located in the heart of Brussels. Under the theme ‘Making Europe a safer place: demonstrating the impact of EU‑funded security research’, the Security Research Event (SRE) aimed to demonstrate…

On 5 December, VOX-Pol Coordinator, DCU’s Prof. Maura Conway, supplied an overview of 2018 activity in violent extremist and terrorist online activity at the European Union Internet Forum’s (EUIF) annual ministerial-level meeting. The event took place in the Berlaymont building, the headquaters of the European Commission, and was hosted by Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and…

The Alt-Right Twitter Census: Defining and Describing the Audience for Alt-Right Content on Twitter gained significant attention in the media upon its release. The report was written by VOX-Pol fellow, JM Berger, and has been featured in several publications. Below are some examples: ‘The alt-right loves YouTube’ VOX(15 October 2018) Click here to read more. ‘Support…

  On Monday October 15, DCU School of Communications held a research and industry symposium titled ‘Media and Politics in a Polarised World‘. The event featured a full day of of discussions from leading academics and experts from the political and media industries. See the full schedule below:              …

Our VOX-Pol colleagues, Jonathan Bright and Bharath Ganesh (Oxford Internet Institute), have issued a Call for Papers for Special Issue Responses to Online Extremism. The intent of this special issue is to ‘map and evaluate emerging public-private partnerships, technologies, and responses to online extremism.’ There are three leading aspects of concern that the issue will…

  VOX-Pol has released its latest report in the VOX-Pol publication series, titled The Alt-Right Twitter Census:  Defining and Describing the Audience for Alt-Right Content on Twitter, authored by J.M. Berger, on 15 October 2018. About the Report This report defines and describes the alt-right audience on twitter, and identifies the top ten most influential twitter accounts…

On October 2, Dr. Kate Coyer of  VOX-Pol partner institute CEU, spoke at a conference hosted by the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation. The conference was titled “Mind the gap: Radicalization and De-Radicalization in Theory and Practice“. Participants and speakers discussed differences and similarities between European states in tackling radicalization and de-radicalization, reasons and motives that drive…

On Thursday, 27 September, 2018 the Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas featured VOX-Pol Coordinator, Prof. Maura Conway, for their first event of the 2018-2019 academic year. Prof. Conway’s presentation entitled “Understanding Exploitation of the Internet and Social Media in Promoting Violent Extremism and Terrorism”  drew an interested audience of students and faculty. Prof. Conway’s visit to Austin also included a…

Conference Presentation Slides

Violent Extremism, Terrorism, and the Internet: Present and Future Trends University of Amsterdam, 20 – 21 August Session One: Extremist Dualities: Online vs Offline, Homogeneity vs Heterogeneity Boots on the ground? Online and Offline Identities of the Extreme Right Bradley Galloway (University of the Fraser Valley and AVE Network), Ryan Scrivens (Concordia University and VOX-Pol),…

VOX-Pol has released its latest report in the VOX-Pol publication series, titled Horizons Of Hate: A Comparative Approach to Social Media Hate Speech, authored by Matti Pohjonen, on 11 September 2018. About the Report In the report, Pohjonen employs a comparative approach to social media hate speech. The study compares a Finnish anti-refugee and anti-immigration Facebook…