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On 20 March 2019, VOX-Pol and the Security Distillery hosted a symposium in Dublin City University titled ‘Extremism: Online Networks and Offline Violence’. The Security Distillery is an initiative from young researchers for (young) researchers, with the aim of turning complex issues into simple matters in order to provide quality, accessible information for students and…

VOX-Pol has been pleased to partner with Dr. Virginie Andre of Victoria University (Australia) and colleagues on a number of events, all of which address one or more aspects of terrorism and (new) media. VOX-Pol’s Coordinator, Prof. Maura Conway, contributed to a conference on ‘Addressing the New Landscape of Terrorism: Towards Formulating Actionable Responses’ held…

VOX-Pol Summer School 2019

Course Director: Prof. Maura Conway (School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland) This week-long VOX-Pol summer course is designed to provide PhD students and post-doctoral and early career researchers with an introduction to the role of the internet in contemporary violent extremism(s) and terrorism. The course will employ a mix-methods teaching style and will include…

In 2018, VOX-Pol published a total of 50 blog posts on the theme of Violent Online Political Extremism. The blogs covered topics as varied as crypocurrencies, human rights, propaganda, artificial intelligence, gender, social media, and data protection. A series of blog posts on ‘ethics in terrorism research’ was widely shared on Twitter, and an article…

VOX-Pol is contributing to the EU Internet Forum’s Civil Society Empowerment Programme (CSEP) inaugural campaigns event in Brussels on 30 and 31 January 2019. Since December 2018, and as part of the EU Internet Forum, the European Commission funds campaign projects to promote alternative narratives and empower credible voices. Under the Civil Society Empowerment Programme, the campaigns…

On 12 November, a workshop on ‘Understanding the Impact of Media Terrorism Reporting: A Front Line Practitioner’s Perspective’ was held in Stockholm, Sweden at Exit Sweden’s offices. This event was organised within the framework of the research project ‘Developing a Broadcasting Model to CVE,’ coordinated by Melbourne’s Victoria University and Exit Sweden, in partnership and with the support…

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 headquarters 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…