Violent Online Political Extremism

VOX-Pol, in conjunction with two other EU FP7-funded projects, INFOCORE and MeCoDem, held a joint workshop themed “Social Media, Conflict and Democracy: Utopian Visions, Dystopian Futures and Pragmatic Policies” at the Press Club Brussels on Friday, November 18. Among the central questions addressed in the workshop entitled “Social Media, Conflict & Democracy: Utopian Visions, Dystopian Futures…

At the end of April, VOX-Pol’s Coordinator, Prof. Maura Conway, exchanged a series of emails with Brazilian magazine Imprensa’s Gabriela Ferigato for a feature piece she was writing on the so-called ‘Islamic State’s’ online activity. The feature appeared recently and is available to read HERE for Portuguese speakers. A lightly edited version of the original…

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 CEU, Budapest, Hungary) Maura Conway (Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland) Kate Coyer (Center for Media, Data and Society at SPP…

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 the Internet in Terrorism? Measuring Online Behaviours of Convicted UK Terrorists’, based upon recent VOX-Pol funded research. This report will be formally launched…

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 from 28 June to 4 July at CEU’s School of Public Policy in Budapest. The week-long program includes a range of sessions on…

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 increasingly also policymakers and publics, that high and increasing levels of always-on Internet access and the production and wide dissemination—and thence easy availability—of…

  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 Western Democracies (Italy, Spain, France, Great Britain, Germany and the USA), our study found that the political use of the Internet…

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 understandings of war and conflict. The 1990s saw the final stage of broadcast era war. National and satellite television and the press had…

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 and intelligence agencies, governments and parliaments, civil society, and universities – met for two days to discuss the challenges that have dominated the…