Right-wing extremism



Report of the Inquiry into extremism in Victoria

This report on the Inquiry into extremism in Victoria is the result of extensive research and consultation by the Legislative Council’s Legal and Social Issues Committee at the Parliament of Victoria.

Mainstream media use in far-right online ecosystems

This research looks at the ways that far-right social media users use mainstream media outlets for their ideological messages. Researchers analysed over 55,000 social media posts from far-right users on Facebook and Gab, and found that all mainstream media outlets, regardless of their political leaning...

The transnational element of a ‘domestic’ problem: policy solutions to countering right-wing violent extremism in Australia

This report looks at four case studies, qualitative interviews and expert literature, to highlight important transnational dimensions of right-wing violent extremism, as well as expanding the way governments understand the threat and craft policy responses to it.

The far-left and far-right in Australia - equivalent threats? Key findings and policy implications

This paper provides an overview of key trends identified throughout the Symbiotic Radicalisation research program, which examines the online interplay between the far-left and far-right in Australia (with a focus on the State of Victoria) and considers the policy implications of this work.

Reciprocal dynamics between Australia’s political fringes on Twitter

This paper analyses the interplay between far-right and far-left groups in the state of Victoria, Australia, across a range of social media platforms. It provides an analysis of over 400,000 tweets produced by a sample of 151 far-left and 75 far-right Australian Twitter accounts since...
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.

A snapshot of far-right activity on Gab in Australia

This paper analyses the interplay between far-right and far-left groups in the state of Victoria, Australia, across a range of social media platforms.

Mapping right-wing extremism in Victoria

This project responds to increasing right-wing extremism and anti-feminist sentiment in Victoria by mapping the social media activities of Victorian far-right extremists, including links with family violence, anti-feminist and other extremist sentiment.

The interplay between Australia’s political fringes on the right and left: online messaging on Facebook

This research briefing outlines findings from an analysis of the far-right and far-left Facebook ecosystem in Australia in the first seven months of 2020.

USA: losing the peace

This report argues that police forces at the city, county, state, and federal levels should all immediately reform their conduct through specialised trainings on the facilitation and protection of freedom of peaceful assembly, in line with their obligations under the US Constitution, international human rights...
Briefing paper

The escalating terrorism problem in the United States

This CSIS brief examines the state of terrorism in the United States. It asks two sets of questions. First, what are the most significant types of terrorism in the United States, and how has the terrorism threat in the U.S. homeland evolved over time? Second...

The right-wing terrorism threat in Europe

To better understand the implications of right-wing terrorism in Europe, this analysis asks: how significant is the threat from right-wing terrorism in Europe, particularly compared to other terrorist threats?

Hate-free philanthropy: identifying opportunities and obstacles to safeguard the sector

Hate groups have been exploiting the tax code to raise money through philanthropic organisations, particularly by using Donor-Advised Funds that allow donors to fund hate while gaining a tax advantage and remaining anonymous. This report summarises a convening held to begin addressing the problem.
Literature review

Symbiotic radicalisation: the interplay between far-right and far-left activism on Victoria - literature review

This review of academic literature forms part of the research project, Symbiotic radicalisation: contemporary far-right and far-left movements, conducted by Victoria University, in partnership with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD).

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.

Online hate and offline harm

This paper looks at the evidence as to the role online hate plays in spreading racist thinking and actions offline, including hate and terror crimes. It explores the evidence for whether harmful action online has increased both harmful ideas and actual harm against minority ethnic...

Anti-social media: reducing the spread of harmful content on social media networks

This paper discusses what New Zealand can do in regard to regulating and moderating offensive content on social media.
Briefing paper

On the road with Australian Muslim mothers – an outer suburbs roundtable

Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria finds that residents, in particular Australian Muslim mothers and daughters, are distressed by high levels of discrimination from local residents in the streets where they live, in parks and shopping centres and on roads with vehicles. At the same time...