Terrorism and Social Media

Our first call for papers closed in September. A second call for papers will be announced in early 2019.

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)


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

Sam Bernard (University of Sussex)



“Meet the diversity of the jihadist discourse: A typology of influence discourse”

Maxime Bérubé (Université de Montréal) and Benoit Dupont (Université de Montréal)


“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


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

Lorand Bodo (Ridgeway Information) 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)



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

Bennett Clifford (George Washington University Program on Extremism)



“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


“A comparative analysis of gender in social media: ISIL’s vs. Nusra Front’s Women”

María Isabel García García (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia)



“Temporal analysis of far-right extremists’ views in an online Donald Trump-themed community”

Tiana Gaudette (Simon Fraser University), Garth Davies (Simon Fraser University) and Richard Frank (Simon Fraser 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


“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)



“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)



“Mapping the Contemporary Online Ecology: An analysis of the disruption and out-linking practices of far-right groups across Europe”

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

@surajlakhani & @galwaygrrl


“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)



“#Hamas: A Thematic Exploration of Hamas’s English Language Twitter Account – 2015-2018”

Devorah Margolin (King’s College London)



“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


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

Jade Parker (Columbia University)


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

Viktor Pushkar (National University of Kyiv)


“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 (The Business Continuity Institute) 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)



“Offline-to-online: A large scale assessment of right-wing extremists’ online discourse”

Ryan Scrivens (Concordia University), Thomas J. Holt (Michigan State University), Joshua D. Freilich (City University of New York), Steven Chermak (Michigan State University) and Richard Frank (Simon Fraser University)



“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 (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)



“The blurred lines of hate speech online: Examining the complexity of identifying hate speech by relying on the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany’s (AfD) social media presence”

Inga Kristina Trauthig (King’s College London)



“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


“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 Islamic State in America: Emerging Themes from Online Behaviour”

Joe Whittaker (Swansea University)



“Social Media Algorithms and Violent Extremism: An Exploration”

Joe Whittaker (Swansea University) and Alastair Reed (Swansea University)

@CTProject_JW & @reed_alastair


“Indonesian online extremism: latest trends and techniques”

Mark Wilson (Jane’s by IHS Markit)



“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)