Terrorism and Social Media

A list of confirmed speakers follows below. In the case of co-authored papers, the names of those co-authors that will be presenting the paper are italicised. Twitter IDs are also provided where available.


Tackling Online Extremism Through Censorship: A Critical Analysis of the NetzDG”

Reem Ahmed (University of Hamburg)



From Telegram to Twitter: The Lifecycle of Daesh Propaganda Material”

Mohammed Al Darwish (M&C Saatchi World Services)


Monitoring a periphery of extremism – Education of disintegration in Online Dawah Videos on German YouTube”

Till J Baaken (Modus; Centre for Applied Research on Deradicalisation) and Friedhelm Hartwig (Modus; Centre for Applied Research on Deradicalisation)

@tillbaaken & @modus_zad


Myanmar’s Media-Savvy Monks: How Buddhist Extremists Harness Social Media to Incite Anti-Muslim Violence”

Teresa Barros-Bailey (Moonshot CVE) and Franz Josef Berger (Moonshot CVE)

@tbarrosbailey & @franz_j_berger


This is the picture Reddit Admins don’t want you to see: Alt-right antagonism on mainstream social media”

Sam Bernard (University of Sussex)



Trends in ISIS’s systemic exploitation of the web and social media”

Laurence Bindner (The JOS Project) and Raphael Gluck (The JOS Project)

@LoBindner & @Einfal


The Technology Powering GIFCT’s Industry Efforts”

Lakshmi Mounika Bodapati (Facebook)


Researching Cryptocurrencies as a Source of Funding for Extremist Activities Online”

Lorand Bodo (Tech Against Terrorism) and Benjamin Strick (OSINT analyst)

@LorandBodo & @BenDoBrown


Mass surveillance on Social Media: Will 2018 be a turning point in the European Court of Human Rights’ case law?”

Katia Bousliman (Université Grenoble-Alpes)



Boko Haram’s Online Presence: An Overview”

Bulama Bukarti (Tony Blair Institute for Global Change) and Mubaraz Ahmed (Tony Blair Institute for Global Change)

@bulamabukarti & @MubarazAhmed


User-generated, pro-Islamic State media in tertiary languages: Bushra and Georgian-language propaganda”

Bennett Clifford (George Washington University Program on Extremism)



Spiders and Flies: The Use of Cyberwarfare in the online war against ISIS”

Daniel Cohen (The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya)


The Roles of ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Media Tools and Technologies in the Facilitation of Violent Extremism and Terrorism”

Maura Conway (Dublin City University) and Ryan Scrivens (Concordia University)

@galwaygrrl & @R_Scrivens


The ‘Resistance’ Online: Understanding Hezbollah’s Presence on Twitter and Related Out-linking Practices”

Alexander Corbeil (Concordia University) and Joshua Gillmore (security contractor)

@alex_corbeil & @joshuagillmore


Removal of Online Terrorist Content and Freedom of Expression under European Law”

Irene Couzigou (University of Aberdeen)


ISIS Culture on Telegram”

Chelsea Daymon (American University)



Grading the Quality of ISIS Videos: Assessing Changes in Technical Sophistication of Digital Video Propaganda Across Time”

Cori E. Dauber (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Mark D. Robinson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

@CoriDauber & N/A


They’re not all the same: a longitudinal comparison of violent and non-violent right-wing identities online”

Garth Davies (Simon Fraser University), Ryan Scrivens (Concordia University)Barbara Perry (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Brad Galloway (University of the Fraser Valley) and Richard Frank (Simon Fraser University)

N/A & @R_Scrivens


Cross-domain perspectives on online hate speech”

Tom de Smedt (University of Antwerp) and Sylvia Jaki (University of Hildesheim)

@tom_de_smedt & @sylviajaki


Media training for jihadi operatives: the benefits and limits of crowdsourcing”

Maryam El-Hajbi


Cyber Caliphate and Breeding Grounds for Jihadist Terrorism: An Associative Network Memory Approach”

Mudassir Farooqi (University of Leicester)



Boots on the Ground? Online and Offline Identities of the Extreme Right”

Bradley J. Galloway (University of the Fraser Valley), Ryan Scrivens (Concordia University), Barbara Perry (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Garth Davies (Simon Fraser University) and Richard Frank (Simon Fraser University)

@bjgalloway1717 & @R_Scrivens


Exposure to Violent Extremist Content on Social Media: An Audience Perspective”

Muneer Hamaid (Macquarie University)


Identifying and forecasting the adoption of extremist language on the individual level”

Bennett Kleinberg (UCL), Isabelle van der Vegt (UCL) and Paul Gill (UCL)

@benkleinberg, @Isabellevdv & paulgill_ucl


“‘Uncle Ted Did Nothing Wrong’: Discourse Analysis of Anarcho-Primitivist, Eco-Fascist, and Neo-Luddite Twitter”

Brian T Hughes (American University)



Like, Share, Hate: Exploring Australian and Canadian Far-Right Extremism on Facebook”

Jade Hutchinson (Macquarie University), Amarnath Amarasingam (Institute for Strategic Dialogue), Derek Silva (Western University) and Ryan Scrivens (Concordia University)

@JadeHutch00, @AmarAmarasingam, @derekcrim & @R_Scrivens


Evaluating local efforts in Mindanao to confront Islamic State East Asia ‘influence operations’”

Haroro J. Ingram (George Washington University Program on Extremism)



The Islamic State Reader: Strategic communications lessons from Islamic State’s Fall & Rise & Fall, 2007-18”

Haroro Ingram (George Washington University Program on Extremism), Craig Whiteside (US Naval War College) and Charlie Winter (King’s College London)

@haroro_ingram, @CraigAWhiteside & @charliewinter


Transmitting the Caliphates, Real and Imagined”

Haroro Ingram (George Washington University Program on Extremism), Jade Parker (Columbia University), Craig Whiteside (US Naval War College), Audrey Alexander (George Washington University Program on Extremism) and Daniele Raineri (Il Foglio).

@haroro_ingram, @cyberAOR, @CraigAWhiteside, @Aud_Alexander & @DanieleRaineri


The Islamic State’s Manipulation of Gender”

Kiriloi M. Ingram (University of Queensland)



Analysis of written online content as part of structured behavioral risk analysis in the field of religiously motivated terrorism”

Dominik Irani (Bavarian State Criminal Police Office)


What Does the Study of Platforms’ Affordances Tell Us About the Workings of Contemporary Online Extremism and Terrorism?”

Sam Jackson (University at Albany) and Maura Conway (Dublin City University)

@sjacks26 & @galwaygrrl


Assessing the impact of counter-narratives in the CVE space using a realist framework”

Michael Jones (RUSI) and Emily Winterbotham (RUSI)

N/A & @EmsWinterbotham


Public-private collaboration to counter the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes: What can be learnt from efforts on terrorist financing?”

Florence Keen (RUSI)


Social Media As An Accessory To Murder: Socio-religious Violence In South Asia and How The Social Media Is Abetting It”

Saad Ullah Khan (Georgia State University)



Was the ‘Islamic State’ even a State?” 

Moign Khawaja (Dublin City University)



Are jihadists losing control online?”

Peter King (Independent consultant)


Virtual Tug of War: A Socio-Technical Analysis of Online Alt-Right and Alt-Left Propaganda”

Ashton Kingdon (University of Southampton)



Emerging policy responses to violent extremist online content in the Western Balkans”

Stefania Koskova (Mozilla Foundation)



On the methodology of application of the stochastic methods of analysis of big data from social networks to control of indicators of the violent behaviour”

Yuriy V. Kostyuchenko (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine), Maxim Yuschenko (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine), Viktor Pushkar (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) and Olga Malysheva (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)



@UKAgainstDaesh: Winning a Digital War?”

Anna Kruglova (Queen’s University Belfast)



Infinite (8)Chan: Analysing Far-Right Extremist Responses to the Christchurch Attacks”

Suraj Lakhani (University of Sussex), Maura Conway (Dublin City University) and Susann Wiedlitzka (University of Sussex)

@surajlakhani, @galwaygrrl & N/A


Between the ‘camp of falsehood’ and the ‘camp of truth’: exploitation of propaganda devices in the Dabiq online magazine”

Miron Lakomy (University of Silesia)


Blame Game: Responses to Militant Jihadist Terrorism in the Extreme Right Digital Milieu”

Benjamin Lee (Lancaster University)



Grounded Theory: A Methodology with Much to Offer in Terrorism and Social Media Research”

Orla Lehane (Dublin City University)



A Classification of Antifa Twitter Accounts based on Social Network Mapping and Linguistic Analysis”

Eoin Lenihan (independent consultant)



Radical Islamist English-Language Online Magazines: AQ & IS Approaches, Interactions with Perpetrators, and Futures”

Pamela Ligouri Bunker (TRENDS Research & Advisory) and Robert J. Bunker (Safe Communities Institute (SCI) at the USC Price School of Public Policy)



Is Twitter a Gateway to Terrorist Propaganda? A Study of Outlinks Contained in Rumiyah-Mentioning Tweets” 

Stuart Macdonald (Swansea University), Daniel Grinnell (Cardiff University), Anina Kinzel (Swansea University) and Nuria Lorenzo-Dus (Swansea University)

@CTProject_SM, N/A, @CTProject_AK & N/A


Feminism is Killing Western Civilization: ‘Manosphere’ Logics and Far/Alt-Right Recruiting on YouTube”

Ashley A. Mattheis (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)



Critical Analysis of Taliban’s Videos: Intermodal Competition, Reinforcement and Conformity”

Weeda Mehran (Georgia State University) and Tony Lemieux (Georgia State University)

@WeedaMehran & @aflemieux


Are they any different? Comparative analysis of propaganda by alt-right and jihadi extremists”

Weeda Mehran (Georgia State University), Stephen Herron (Queen’s University Belfast), Maura Conway (Dublin City University), Tony Lemieux (Georgia State University) and Ben Miller (Emory University)

@WeedaMehran, N/A, @galwaygrrl, @aflemieux & N/A


Fake It Till You Make It: The Islamic State’s Use of Deception in Propaganda Activities”

Daniel Milton (Combating Terrorism Center, United States Military Academy)



On Understanding Online Radicalism: A Case Study on ISIS Propaganda”

Mariam Nouh (University of Oxford), Jason R.C. Nurse (University of Kent) and Michael Goldsmith (University of Oxford)

@Mary_n0, @jasonnurse & N/A


Following the whack-a-mole: Britain First’s visual strategy from Facebook to Gab”

Lella Nouri (Swansea University), Nuria Lorenzo-Dus (Swansea University) and Amy-Louise Watkin (Swansea University)

@ctproject_lella, N/A & @ctproject_ALW


Berita Nusantara Dari Daulah Islam: A Qualitative Analysis of Islamic State’s Al-Fatihin Magazine”

Jade Parker (Columbia University)


Affect and Online ‘Extremism’: Reflections from the UK’s ‘Radical Right’”

Elizabeth Pearson (Swansea University)



Gender in Online CVE Strategies: Maternalism, Absence and Lessons Learned”

Elizabeth Pearson (Swansea University) and Morgan-Rose Young (Swansea University)

@lizzypearson & N/A


Radical and extremist use of social media in a conflict between Russian Federation and Ukraine”

Viktor Pushkar (National University of Kyiv)


Beyond Prevention: The Role of Strategic Communication across the four pillars of the CT Strategy”

Alastair Reed (Swansea University) and Andrew Glazzard (RUSI)

@reed_alastair & N/A


Engaging with online extremist material: experimental evidence”

Zoey Reeve (Newcastle University)



What about the private sector? A closer look at how private organizations employ social media analysis to detect the terrorist threat”

Gianluca Riglietti (PANTA RAY) and Kamal Muhammad (The Business Continuity Institute)

@GianlucaRigliet & N/A


Call of Jihad: The gamification of violent extremism”

Nick Robinson (University of Leeds), Maxime Bérubé (Université de Montréal), Imogen Richards (Deakin University) and Joe Whittaker (Swansea University)

N/A, N/A, @imogen_richards & @CTProject_JW


Enough already! Why and how we are placing too much emphasis on social media companies to tackle terrorist use of the internet, and what to do about it”

Hugo Rosemont (ADS Group; King’s College London)



Gabs of Hate: Exploring Alternative Platforms of Hate on Social Media”

Derek Silva (Western University), Amarnath Amarasingam (Institute for Strategic Dialogue), Ryan Scrivens (Concordia University) and Jade Hutchinson (Macquarie University)

@derekcrim, @AmarAmarasingam, @R_Scrivens & @JadeHutch00


Investigating the digital caliphate on Telegram platform through the digital ethnography: from jihadi multi-level propaganda to a multi-actor service network”

Nicolò Giuseppe Spagna (ITSTIME – Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Milan)


Sovereign but Not Alone: An Examination of Competition and Cooperation Among American Sovereign Citizens Online”

Matthew M. Sweeney (University of Massachusetts Lowell)



Understanding linguistic trajectories of YouTube’s alt-right”

Isabelle van der Vegt (UCL), Maximilian Mozes (UCL), Paul Gill (UCL) and Bennett Kleinberg (UCL)

@isabellevdv, @maximilianmozes, @paulgill_ucl & @benkleinberg


Mapping the Structure and Collective Action Frames of Extreme Right Communities in Québec”

Yannick Veilleux-Lepage (Georgia State University) and Emil Archambault (University of Durham)

@yveilleuxlepage & @EmilArchambault


Documenting the Virtual Caliphate: A Searchable Database of ISIS Media Products”

Yannick Veilleux-Lepage (Georgia State University) and Mia M. Bloom (Georgia State University)

@yveilleuxlepage & @MiaMBloom


Identifying trajectories of Islamophobia amongst followers of the BNP on Twitter”

Bertie Vidgen (Alan Turing Institute & University of Oxford), Taha Yasseri (Alan Turing Institute & University of Oxford), Helen Margetts (Alan Turing Institute & University of Oxford)

@bertievidgen, @TahaYasseri & @HelenMargetts


The Effects of Social Media Personalisation Algorithms and Extremist Content”

Fabio Votta (Stuttgart University), Seán Looney (Swansea University), Joe Whittaker (Swansea University) and Alastair Reed (Swansea University)

@favstats; @_Sean_Looney_, @CTProject_JW & @reed_alastair


Vulnerable or just having a laugh?: Diverse youth responses to online violent extremism”

Lise Waldek (Macquarie University) and Julian Droogan (Macquarie University)


“‘I lied but it was only for the good of society’: The ethics of deceptive CVE”

Lise Waldek (Macquarie University) and Julian Droogan (Macquarie University)


You Will Not Replace Us: Hate Speech and Extremism Among Sovereign Citizens and the Alt Right in the United States”

Michael Waltman (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)


Crowdfunding Extremism: How Extremist Groups Use Crowdfunding Platforms”

Shahed Warreth (Dublin City University)



The Social Regulation of Social Media: Terrorist and Extremist Content”

Amy-Louise Watkin (Swansea University)



The online behaviours of Islamic State actors in America (2013-2018)”

Joe Whittaker (Swansea University)



Indonesian online extremism: latest trends and techniques”

Mark Wilson (Jane’s by IHS Markit)



Deep Learning methods to detect radical online content”

Jennifer Woodard (Insikt Intelligence) and Guillem Garcia (Insikt Intelligence)



Online Counter-Narratives in East Africa: Successes and Challenges”

Sara Zeiger (Hedayah)

@sarazeiger & @Hedayah_CVE


Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia’s Facebook Mobilization”

Aaron Y. Zelin (Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Brandeis University)



Propaganda or Not? Comparing the Public Messages and Private Correspondences between Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram”

Jacob Zenn (Georgetown University)



Islamic State’s Hashtag War: Terrorism and the Jewish Community”

Representative from the Community Security Trust