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Violent Extremism, Terrorism and the Internet

VOX-Pol Conference Examines Trends in Violent Extremism, Terrorism and the Internet

VOX-Pol’s third biennial conference on the theme of “Violent Extremism, Terrorism, and the Internet: Present and Future Trends” will take place at the University of Amsterdam from 20 – 21 August 2018, with post-conference workshops on 22 August 2018.

VOX-Pol conference organisers are planning panels and papers that describe and discuss in-depth and cutting-edge research on the intersections of violent extremism and/or terrorism and the Internet.

Welcoming perspectives from all academic (sub-)disciplines, the conference will particularly look to communications, computer science, criminology, cultural studies, data science, ethnography, international relations, internet studies, law, linguistics, media studies, philosophy, politics, psychology, sociology, and terrorism studies.

The conference is expected to cover some of the following areas:

  • History and evolution of violent online extremism and/or terrorism and the Internet;
  • Online radicalisation;
  • The Internet and recruitment into violent political extremist and terrorist groups;
  • Instructional (e.g. re. attack types, targeting, etc.) online content;
  • Children/youth, violent political extremism or terrorism, and online content;
  • Women/gender, violent political extremism or terrorism, and online content;
  • Public attitudes to violent extremism and/or terrorism and the Internet and responses to it;
  • Case studies of particular (sub-)groups’ cross-platform use of the Internet and social media;
  • Case studies of the use of the Internet by violent extremists and/or terrorists in particular countries or regions;
  • Case studies of the manifestation(s) and workings of violent political extremism or terrorism on specific online platforms, particularly less-studied platforms (e.g. 4Chan, Internet Archive, JustPaste.It, Reddit, Telegram, VKontakte);
  • Case studies of particular online mediums or Internet-related technologies (e.g. video, mobile telephones, etc.) and their roles in violent online extremism;
  • Methodologies, including mixed methods approaches, for violent political extremism and terrorism-related Internet research;
  • The role of online crowdsourcing in violent political extremism and terrorism and/or countering activity;
  • The role of user-generated content in violent political extremism and terrorism and/or countering activity;
  • Online audience reception of violent political extremist or terrorist content;
  • Policy/legislative and other responses to violent online political extremism, including online CVE, takedown activity, etc;
  • Future trends in violent extremism and/or terrorism and the Internet and/or in countering the latter, including the use of dedicated platforms and apps, the use of messaging apps, gaming, blockchain technologies, crypto currencies, live streaming, Darkweb, etc;
  • Ethical issues surrounding online extremism-related research;
  • Freedom of speech, privacy, and other concerning aspects of online disruption and CVE activity;
  • Evaluative or ‘taking stock’ analyses.

The deadline for registration is 8 August. Visit VOX-Pol for more details.


Source: VOX-Pol

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