Sir Richard Dearlove’s assertion that counter-terrorism should no longer dominate UK national security planning raises questions over how the government prioritises risks and manages scarce resources <strong>(Free access)</strong>
Lella Nouri, Nuria Lorenzo-Dus and Amy-Louise Watkin
This paper examines the effect that Facebook’s removal of Britain First’s official page had on: the group’s dissemination and influence, in terms of numbers of followers, quantity of content posted and engagement level; and its visual communication strategy, specifically regarding its choice of images and the level of engagement that these generated.
Isabelle van der Vegt, Paul Gill, Stuart Macdonald and Bennett Kleinberg
This paper offers a unique view on current practices and challenges regarding terrorist and extremist content removal from social media platforms, focusing particularly on human-based and automated approaches and the integration of the two.
Recent attacks perpetrated by extreme right wing terrorists in the US are undoubtedly linked to the upcoming mid-term elections, reflecting the reality that the country’s charged political scene may be pushing would-be terrorists into action
Media reports from Spain appear to indicate that the country’s counter-radicalisation efforts among prison inmates are not producing results. Spain is not unique in grappling with both the management of its counter-radicalisation efforts and measuring their outcomes.
A new version of the UK’s counterterrorism strategy (also known as CONTEST), was unveiled earlier this month. Of the four strands comprising CONTEST, it is the Prevent strand, preventing individuals from becoming terrorists and supporting terrorism, that elicits the strongest reaction from different sections of British society.
All too often, any overlaps between crime and terror are seen as forming part of a single problem of the ‘crime/terror nexus’. In reality, they present a range of disparate issues that should be addressed in their proper context.