ICCT is a core partner in the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET), an academic research partnership backed by the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). This explores terrorist use of technology and how to counteract it, asking the question:
How do online violent extremist behaviours and content relate to offline, real-world harms, and how do mitigation activities responding to those behaviours and content interact with normative social concerns including freedom of expression and conscience, privacy, and human rights?
ICCT experts have published numerous blogs with GNET on subjects ranging from the use of big data to adapting tech policies to a local level to address the far-right in the Global South.
ICCT also conducts biannual closed-door workshops bringing together practitioners, policymakers and academics to exchange expertise. These explore cutting-edge topics including:
- Big Data, Counter-Terrorism and Transparency;
- Researcher Safety While Working Online;
- Online Governance and Right-Wing Extremism: Addressing Challenges to Proscription and Taxonomy.
ICCT delegations also participate in GIFCT annual conferences to exchange knowledge and expertise with other partners. During the 2022 edition, held in London, ICCT Fellow Eviane Leidig shared her insights on "Trends on Alt-Tech Platforms".
About the project
GNET is convened and led by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), a globally renowned academic research centre based within the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. GNET has core members based in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia, as well as auxillary members across Europe, North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and South Asia.
Core members take the lead for both identifying and researching new trends surrounding terrorist use of technology in their regions, while associate members are not involved with GNET at an institutional level, but do conduct research within this space. This multi-layered and interdisciplinary approach is shaped by GNET’s overarching philosophy:
“Global Coverage, Local Expertise.”