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TASM Schedule Day One

From 08:30 Registration and refreshments
09:00-09:05 Welcome and introductory remarks by Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard B. Davies
09:05-10:30 Keynote Session 1:

Chaired by Professor Stuart Macdonald (Swansea University)

 

The Threat From ISIS and al Qaeda: Contextualising The Role of Social Media

Professor Bruce Hoffman

 

Researching violent extremism and terrorism online: challenges and directions

Professor Maura Conway

10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Breakout Session 1:

 

Panel 1A: ISIS in Cyberspace: Communication, Censorship and Legitimacy

Chaired by Professor Helen Quane (Swansea University)

 

The Islamic State’s Network in the Russian Cyberspace: Survival Strategies

Julia Sweet (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

 

Turkish Speaking Daesh Supporters on Twitter: Social Networking Analysis

Professor Haldun Yalcinkaya, Professor Tansel Ozyer (TOBB University of Economics and Technology), & Bedi Celik (Centre for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies)

 

Who Speaks? Who Listens? Counter-Terrorism Social Media Strategies and the Legitimacy Problem

Dr Tim Legrand (Australian National University)

 

 

Panel 1B: Analysing the Extreme Far Right and Their Use of Social Media Platforms

Chaired by David Mair (Swansea University)

 

Britain First and Reclaim Australia’s Use of Twitter & Facebook: How, What and Why?

Dr Lella Nouri, Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus & Dr Matteo Di Cristofaro (Swansea University)

 

The Influence of Decentralization in Authority and Support:  The Sovereign Citizen Movement’s use of Online Platforms

Matthew Sweeney (University of Massachusetts Lowell)

 

Navigating the (extreme) right online: a frame analysis approach

Reem Ahmed (University of Hamburg)

 

 

Panel 1C: Analysing Online Video Propaganda

Chaired by Dr Haroro Ingram (Australian National University)

 

Mobilizing Media: A Deep and Comparative Analysis of Magazines, Music and Videos in the Context of Terrorism

Anthony Lemieux (Georgia State University) & Dr Akil Awan (Royal Holloway, University of London)

 

How does ISIS’ Online Propaganda Demonstrate Mechanisms of Radicalization? A Quantitative Analysis of ISIS Propaganda Video Content

Dr Stephane Baele, Dr Katherine Boyd & Dr Travis Coan (University of Exeter)

 

“To My Brothers in the West…” A Thematic Analysis of Videos Produced by the Islamic State’s al-Hayat Media

Logan Macnair & Dr Richard Frank (Simon Fraser University)

 

 

Panel 1D: The Role of Social Media in the Radicalisation of Women

Chaired by Joe Whittaker (Swansea University & Universiteit Leiden)

 

Social Media as a Means for Radicalizing Women in the US

Dr Lauren R. Shapiro & Dr Marie-Helen Maras  (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)

 

Friending, fantasy, & fire: The difference social media makes in women’s terrorist recruitment

Zoe DuPree Fine & Dr Ellen Klein (University of South Florida)

 

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice? Exploring the Online Roles of Women in the Far-Right Movement

Ryan Scrivens (Simon Fraser University), & Dr Lorraine Bowman-Grieve (Waterford Institute of Technology), Professor Maura Conway (Dublin City University), & Dr Richard Frank (Simon Fraser University)

 

 

12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Breakout Session 2:

 

Panel 2A: Exploring the Roles and Narratives in Extreme Far-Right Organisations

Chaired by Dr Lella Nouri (Swansea University)

 

The Hidden Face of Organized Hate Groups Online: A Former’s Perspective

Brad Galloway (University of the Fraser Valley)

 

A Dialectical Approach to Propaganda: The United Patriots Front, Right-Wing Politics, and Islamic State

Imogen Richards (Monash University)

 

Soldiers of Odin’: Nostalgia, Romanticism and Belonging in the Making of British Far Right Movements

Chamila Liyanage (University of London)

 

Panel 2B: The Role of Women in Terrorist Organisations and Their Use of Social Media

Chaired by Amy-Louise Watkin (Swansea University)

 

Examining the Roles of Muhajirahs in the Islamic State via Twitter

Dr Aunshul Rege (Temple University)

 

#Twitterkurds: An Analysis of Key Influencers

Lisa McInerney & Sean Looney (Dublin City University)

 

Gender, Suspension, and Community in Islamic State’s Wilayat Twitter

Elizabeth Pearson (King’s College London)

 

 

Panel 2C: Web 2.0  and Social Media

Chaired by Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus (Swansea University)

 

Online Radicalisation in the Web 2.0 Era: A Case Study Analysis

Joe Whittaker (Swansea University; Universiteit Leiden)

 

A Methodology to Identify Extremist Discourse Strategy

Professor Sara Monaci, Dr Caterina Mazza,  (Politecnico di Torino), Dr Nadia Derbas (Viseo Research & Development), & Dr Muntsa Padro (Holmes Semantic Solutions)

 

Radicalisation: There’s an App for that

Dr Clint Arizmendi, Dr Kira Harris (Charles Sturt University), & LTCOL Jason Logue (Australian Defence Force)

(Chatham House Rules Apply)

 

Panel 2D: Radicalisation & Militarisation: Rethinking Understandings

Chaired by Orla Lehane (Dublin City University)

 

Re-framing our Understanding of Radicalisation/De-radicalisation: ‘Hipsters/Hipster-Nomics and the ISIS Generation. Or: Cupcakes are Muffins that Believed in Miracles’

Mohammed Elshimi (RUSI)

 

Militarisation/Radicalisation – What’s in a Name?

Professor Maura Conway (Dublin City University), Dr Nick Robinson (University of Leeds) & Dr James Fitzgerald (Dublin City University)

 

Extremist Hacking in the Ukraine-Russia Conflict: Digital Extremism and Self-Presentation of “Patriotic Hackers” on Twitter

Dr Tetyana Lokot (Dublin City University)

 

15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-17:30 Breakout Session 3:

 

Panel 3A: The Role and Capture of Children in Online Propaganda

Chaired by Dr Patrick Bishop (Swansea University)

 

“The Lions of Tomorrow” A News Value Analysis of Child Images in Jihadi Magazines

Amy-Louise Watkin (Swansea University) and Sean Looney (Dublin City University)

 

The Spectacle of Militant Children on Social Media

Dr Weeda Mehran (McGill University)

 

“Jonathan, I have your girls”: A comparative study of the Boko Haram social media war narratives

Dr Pius Eromonsele Akhimien & Dr Olunifesi Adekunle Suraj (Lagos State University)

 

 

Panel 3B: New Digital Environments

Chaired by Dr Luca Trenta (Swansea University)

 

The Use of Private Insular Social Networks by ISIS

Jeff Weyers (iBRABO)

 

Are Threats Made Offline More ‘Risky’ Than Those Made Online

Dr Paul Gill (University College London)

 

A Storm on the Horizon? ‘Twister’ and the Implications of the Blockchain and Peer-to-Peer Social Networks for the Mitigation of Calls for Violent Extremism

Gareth Mott (Nottingham Trent University)

 

Panel 3C: Methodological Dynamics in Identifying Online Terrorist Activities

Chaired by Matthew Sweeney (University of Massachusetts Lowell)

 

Qualitative Analysis: A Metric for Visual Propaganda

Cori Dauber & Mark Robinson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

 

 

Rethinking the collective action repertoire in terms of mobilizing communication: the case of the global jihadist movement

Maxime Berube, Anthony Amicelle & Benoit Dupont (Université de Montréal)

 

Identifying Suicide Attackers in Cyberspace

David Kernot (Defence Science Technology Group), Terry Bossomaier (Charles Sturt University) and Roger Bradbury (Australian National University)

 

Panel 3D: Analysing Social Media in the Aftermath of Terrorist Events

Chaired by Sergei Boeke (Universiteit Leiden)

 

Who Tweets About Dabiq? A Profile Analysis of Tweets Posted Following the Release of Dabiq 15

David Mair (Swansea University) and Daniel Grinnell (Cardiff University)

 

Social Media, Crisis Communications and Strategic Responses to the ‘Performance’ of Terrorism

Lucy Sunman (Centre for International Security Studies, University of Sydney)

 

Measuring the Impact of Disrupting Online Terrorist Material: Analysing the Role of Twitter as a ‘Gateway’ Platform

Dr Suraj Lakhani (University of Sussex), Professor Maura Conway, & Moign Khawaja (Dublin City University)

 

17:30-19:00 Drinks Reception
19:00 Conference dinner, hosted by Lord Carlile QC

 

 

 

Day two

08:30-09:00 Refreshments
09:00-10:30 Keynote Session 2:

Chaired by Professor Elwen Evans QC (Swansea University)

 

Responding to Terrorists’ Use of Social Media: Legislation, Investigation and Prosecution

Max Hill QC

 

Terrorism: what we need to think about now

Sir John Scarlett

10:30-10:50 Break
10:50-12:20 Breakout Session 4:

 

Panel 4A: Examining States’ Use of Social Media for Counterterrorism

Chaired by Tashi Gyaltsen (Swansea University)

 

Social Media and (Counter) Terrorist Finance: Both a Fundraising and Disruption Tool

Florence Keen (RUSI) and Tom Keatinge (RUSI)

 

On The Ethics of ‘Propaganda 2.0’

Dr Adam Henschke (Delft University of Technology and Australian National University)

 

The battle for the battle of the narratives: Sidestepping the double fetish of digital and CVE

Dr Akil Awan, Professor Alister Miskimmon, & Professor Ben O’Loughlin (Royal Holloway, University of London)

 

 

Panel 4B: Corporate Responsibility in Counter-Terrorism

Chaired by Professor Theodore Christakis (Université Grenoble Alpes)

 

A Minority Report Scenario: Social Media and Tech Companies Involvement in CVE and Counter terrorism

Chelsea Daymon (Georgia State University)

 

Content Control by OSP’s: Acceptable Censorship

Sergei Boeke (Universiteit Leiden)

 

Tech Against Terrorism: A joint project between UN CTED, ICT4Peace and the tech industry to help startups prevent the exploitation of their technologies by terrorists and violent extremists whilst respecting human rights 

Adam Hadley (ICT4Peace)

 

 

Panel 4C: Frontline Approaches to CVE

Chaired by David Mair (Swansea University)

 

Grassroots CVE Practitioners: Reimagining Space

Orla Lehane (Dublin City University)  

 

Grassroots Counter Messaging in the United Kingdom 

Dr Benjamin Lee (Lancaster University)

 

From Think Again. Turn Away. To Peer-to-Peer – Finally a Successful Model for Counter-terrorism in the Social Media?

Bernd Hirschberger (University of Munich)

 

12:20-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Breakout Session 5:

 

Panel 5A: Counter-Terrorism and the Rule of Law

Chaired by Katerina Pitsoli (Swansea University & Université Grenoble Alpes)

 

Legal Challenges in The Fight Against Online Terrorism

Torsten Corall (NATO CCDCOE)

 

Terrorism and Social Media: But Who is a Terrorist Under International Law?

Dr Karine Bannelier (Université Grenoble Alpes)

 

Government Surveillance of Social Media, National Security Concerns and International Human Rights Law 

Professor Theodore Christakis & Katia Bouslimani (Université Grenoble Alpes)

 

Panel 5B: The Role of the Law in Responding to Terrorists’ Use of Social Media

Chaired by Katy Vaughan (Swansea University)

 

Using criminal law to combat violent extremist online propaganda: An evaluation of terrorism-related precursor offences

Professor Stuart Macdonald (Swansea University)

 

Terrorism and Social Media: Is Law the Answer

Dr Jessie Blackbourn (University of Oxford) & Dr Nicola McGarrity (University of New South Wales)

 

Responding to Online Violent Extremism: Practices for Law Enforcement
Nick Johnson (Edith Cowan University)

 

Panel 5C: Countering Extremists’ Online Narratives

Chaired by Tamara Swann (Edith Cowan University)

 

Approaching counter-terrorism through the WesternMuslim experience: curtailing the saturation of fear

Nadia Al-Dayel  (University of Nottingham) and Aaron Anfinson (University of Hong Kong)

 

Counter- Versus Alternative Narratives for Countering Violent Extremism

Chris Ryder & Richard Farry (Qinetiq)

 

Squirting Venom on Social Media: How Jihadists Overcame Their Reluctance to Use Social Media and What Follows From it for Countering Them

Gunnar Weimann (Universiteit Leiden)

 

Panel 5D: Creating Counter-Narratives and Practitioners Toolkits

Chaired by Dr Savyasaachi Jain (Swansea University)

 

Counter-Narratives for the Prevention of Violent Radicalisation: Can They Work?

Sarah Carthy (National University of Ireland Galway)

 

A Strategic Framework for Confronting Violent Extremist Propaganda

Haroro Ingram (Australian National University)

 

Narrative and Identity: Fluidity in the Radicalised Self: How we are manipulated to change: A Practitioners Perspective

Revd Dr Paul Fitzpatrick (Cardiff Metropolitan University)

15:00-15:20 Break
15:20-16:50 Keynote Session 3

Chaired by Professor Stuart Macdonald (Swansea University)

 

Only Connect–Terror in the 21st Century

Professor Philip Bobbitt

 

Advancing Efforts to Counter Terrorism and Violent Extremism on Social Media

Dr Erin Marie Saltman

 

16:50-17:00 Closing remarks by Professor Stuart Macdonald
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