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Policy report

Buying and selling extremism

The ways that online funding mechanisms can be exploited by individuals and groups promoting right-wing extremist ideology in Australia are an emerging problem. This paper argues that any response must include strong policies and programs to address the drivers of such extremism.
Discussion paper

Afghanistan on the brink of an abyss

Australia’s recent closure of its embassy in Kabul, and the withdrawal of all US forces from Afghanistan by 11 September 2021, casts a deep shadow over Afghanistan’s future prospects. In this paper, leading expert on Afghanistan, William Maley, examines the implications for the Afghan nation...

Christchurch Call community consultation: final report

In May 2019 New Zealand and France launched the Christchurch Call (the Call) to eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content (TVEC) online. This report summarises the contributions of this project.

Counterterrorism Yearbook 2021

The 2021 yearbook provides a comprehensive picture of the current global terrorism landscape. The yearbook's 29 authors found COVID-19, a key theme in most chapters, to have had an impact on global terrorism.

Current approaches to terrorist and violent extremist content among the global top 50 online content-sharing services

This report provides an overview of the policies and procedures for addressing terrorist and violent extremist content (TVEC) across the global top 50 online content sharing services, with a focus on transparency.
Position paper

Freedom of religion in Australia: a focus on serious harms

This position paper is based on the AHRC's and the VEOHRC’s collective experience and research in the area of freedom of religion and human rights. In addition, the two Commissions convened joint roundtables in Sydney (11 June 2019) and Melbourne (27 June 2019) on the...

The battle for another world

The far right is increasingly active globally—at the level of governments, through civil society, and in the digital sphere. According to the 80 academics, researchers, and activists interviewed in this report, this threat to democracy and internationalism is urgent.

Policy approaches to harmful content online

In March 2019, the Public Policy Forum convened a session featuring two panels on the topic of hate. The first panel presented perspectives of Canadians who have directly experienced acts of hate. The second panel served as an exploratory forum to identify potential solutions to...

Policy initiative: Tackling racism and far right extremism

Stopping hate speech. In the wake of the Christchurch massacre we must act to stem the rising tide of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry in Australia. White supremacy and the emerging neo-nazi movement are taking a foothold right around the world, emboldened and encouraged by...
Audio interview

Social media and online messaging asked to crack down on online extremists

Whose responsibility is it to monitor and stem communication that relates to violence and terrorist activity?
Audio podcast

A conversation on terrorism in Australia, with Levi West – part 1

Overview In this episode of the podcast Sub Rosa, Andrew talks with Levi West about terrorism in Australia. Levi West is the Director of Terrorism Studies at Charles Sturt University. This is the first episode for 2017, and is part of a two-episode series. This...
Audio podcast

Countering violent extremism, with Ross Frenett and Vidhya Ramalingam

Overview An interview with Vidhya Ramalingam and Ross Frenett about countering violent extremism (CVE), which refers to non-coercive efforts to help prevent involvement in terrorism. Ross and Vidhya previously worked for organisations such as the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Google Ideas. They recently founded...
Briefing paper

Constraints and opportunities: what role for media development in countering violent extremism?

This paper seeks to provide some initial guidance as to what countering violent extremism (CVE) is and what it means for the media development sector, its donors and other organizations that work with media developers. Media consultant, former journalist and academic, Michelle Betz, argues that...

Nazis vs. ISIS on Twitter: a comparative study of white nationalist and ISIS online social media networks

Introduction This study examines and compares the use of Twitter by white nationalists, Nazi sympathizers, and ISIS supporters respectively, providing some preliminary comparisons of how each movement uses the platform. Major findings include: 1. Major American white nationalist movements on Twitter added about 22,000 followers...

Undermining violent extremist narratives in South-East Asia: a how-to guide

This document was developed with the support of the Australian Government by the Hedayah Institute, the International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism based in Abu Dhabi. While there are other counter narrative 'how to' guides available, this is the first of its kind...
Briefing paper

Radicalisation and violent extremism: causes and responses

The radicalisation of Australian citizens, and the decision by a small number to commit acts of extremist violence, has led to considerable community concern in recent years. In NSW, there was the tragic December 2014 Martin Place Lindt Café siege 1 and the October 2015...
Literature review

Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) literature review

This report consists of a literature review and analysis of the existing research concerning countering violent extremism.