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Want to learn more about how terrorists and violent extremists are using the internet to communicate and share propaganda? Perhaps you’re interested in why terrorists share their manifestos online and livestream their attacks? The Tech Against Terrorism podcast is a deep dive into the evolving use of the internet by terrorists and violent extremists, how this relates to real world harms, and what can be done to support the tech sector to disrupt this threat. Join us as we speak to the world’s leading experts in this field and uncover everything from the online propaganda behind an IS prison break in Syria, to the online network of neo-Nazis behind a foiled terrorist plot in Texas.

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    • 3.2 • 9 Ratings

Want to learn more about how terrorists and violent extremists are using the internet to communicate and share propaganda? Perhaps you’re interested in why terrorists share their manifestos online and livestream their attacks? The Tech Against Terrorism podcast is a deep dive into the evolving use of the internet by terrorists and violent extremists, how this relates to real world harms, and what can be done to support the tech sector to disrupt this threat. Join us as we speak to the world’s leading experts in this field and uncover everything from the online propaganda behind an IS prison break in Syria, to the online network of neo-Nazis behind a foiled terrorist plot in Texas.

    HOPE Not Hate: Insights from Inside the Far-Right

    HOPE Not Hate: Insights from Inside the Far-Right

    In this week’s episode, we’re getting unique insights into the state of the far-right in the UK. The advocacy and research organisation HOPE Not Hate is known for its tireless work countering extremism and hate through research, intelligence, campaigning and community engagement. This work has involved infiltrating and exposing extremist movements and even terrorist groups. HOPE Not Hate recently published their State of Hate 2024 report, which we discuss in detail in the episode. Archie...

    • 35 min
    Mapping Far-Right Terrorist Propaganda Online

    Mapping Far-Right Terrorist Propaganda Online

    In this week’s episode, we’re delving into the key trends of the past three years in how online users disseminate far-right terrorist propaganda online. From gamification to Generative AI, we’ll be sharing findings from our upcoming report – TCAP Insights: Mapping Far-Right Terrorist Propaganda Online. Archie Macfarlane is joined by Adam Donald, TCAP Manager at Tech Against Terrorism, who was part of the team working on our latest TCAP research report. We discuss the distribution of terrorist...

    • 35 min
    Foiled Plots in the UK: How Terrorists Fail

    Foiled Plots in the UK: How Terrorists Fail

    Since 2017, the UK has seen fifteen terrorist attacks – from the Manchester Arena bombing to the Dover firebomb attack. But during that time, more than twice as many attacks have also been foiled. So in this week’s episode, we’re looking at terror plotters in the UK. We are delving into the case studies of two very young plotters who were largely radicalised online, trying to understand what led them down their violent pathways and what can be done by stakeholders to prevent similar cases in ...

    • 38 min
    Active Clubs: Fitness, Fraternity, and Fascism

    Active Clubs: Fitness, Fraternity, and Fascism

    In this week’s episode, we’re introducing you to a new kind of far-right group – Active Clubs. Their unique pitch combines fitness, fraternity and fascism. We map out the origins and rapid growth of the movement, how they have utilised social media to create chapters globally, and their appealing offer to younger men in particular. Archie Macfarlane is joined by Brody McDonald, director of the Oxford Disinformation and Extremism Lab, and Associate Fellow at King’s College London. You can...

    • 28 min
    Media Jihad: Islamic State's Resurgent Propaganda Network

    Media Jihad: Islamic State's Resurgent Propaganda Network

    In this week’s episode, we are delving into Islamic State’s global propaganda network. We map the group’s media apparatus, unpacking the term “media Jihad” to understand the role of pro-IS online networks in waging its propaganda war. We highlight the centrality of Islamic State Khorasan Province, also known as ISKP, in reinvigorating IS’s propaganda machine. Note: this episode was recorded prior to the terrorist attack on the Crocus City concert hall in Moscow on 22 March 2024, which ha...

    • 38 min
    God, Guns and Sedition: Far-Right Terrorism in America

    God, Guns and Sedition: Far-Right Terrorism in America

    In this week’s episode, we look at how the far-right threat has intersected with their exploitation of technology over the past 40 years or so. We trace the far-right's experimentation with technology back to white supremacists in 1980s America, discuss the revolutionary effect of social media on far-right terrorism , and explore the risks of violence in the upcoming US elections.This time, Archie Macfarlane is joined by Bruce Hoffman, senior fellow for counterterrorism and homeland security ...

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

theo.mac ,

Went downhill; cherry picking; lack of objectivism; political aims

Writing as an academic working in a department with a counter-terror minor. Show started great but has become unbalanced and lacks objectivity. Just look at the episodes the last year - stay at home moms, fitness, guns and far right anything. Did you ever think that maybe there are well educated members of society that choose to stay at home to raise their children instead of paying someone else to do it? And maybe they’re marginalized by DINKs that look down on them, and they want community? These are who you study? And fitness - wow, the mental gymnastics for that. Anything that can be considered alpha is now toxic patriarchal terror. Good thing most of the folks camping out at colleges supporting Hamas are likely never hitting the gym. As far as guns and far right extremism, sure. And I hate to devolve to what-aboutism, how about anything left of center that has equally valid concerns as anything listed above? Where are the episodes on that? CHAZ, environmental terror, professional activists around college campuses. Sad, was a good podcast but turned political.

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