What We're Reading

September 2021 | Detecting Extremists Online: Examining Online Posting Behaviors of Violent and Non-Violent

This month, RESOLVE highlights recommended readings from one of our latest Policy Notes, "Detecting Extremists Online: Examining Online Posting Behaviors of Violent and Non-Violent Right-Wing Extremists.” Authors Ryan Scrivens, Steven M. Chermak, Joshua D. Freilich, Thomas W. Wojciechowski, and Richard Frank highlight the importance of both identifying and examining the online behaviors of violent and non-violent extremists in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) and provide researchers, practitioners, and policymakers with a number of recommendations for detecting and analyzing the online behaviors of violent and non-violent extremists in the future. This What We’re Reading digest was recommended by the authors to give more background on the role of the internet in facilitating violent extremists and terrorism, right-wing extremists’ use of the internet, comparing behaviors of violent and non-violent extremists, and former extremists in combating violent extremism.

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Bennett Kleinberg, Isabelle van der Vegt, and Paul Gill
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2020-05-01
The increased threat of right-wing extremist violence necessitates a better understanding of online extremism. Radical message boards, small-scale social media platforms, and other intern...
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Ryan Scrivens
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2020-04-26
In recent years, researchers have shown a vested interest in developing advanced information technologies, machine-learning algorithms, and risk-assessment tools to detect and analyze rad...
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David Keatley, Sarah Knight, and Abbie J. Marono
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2021-06-28
Extremists and the behaviors performed by extremists are a growing concern. There is a growing body of research showing the differences between violent and nonviolent extremists in terms ...
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Gary LaFree, Michael A. Jensen, Patrick A. James, and Aaron Safer-Lichstein
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2018-01-01
Although research on terrorism has grown rapidly in recent years, few scholars have applied criminological theories to the analysis of individual-level political extremism.
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Ryan Scrivens, Vivek Venkatesh, Maxime Bérubé, and Tiana Gaudette
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2019-11-11
While it has become increasingly common for researchers, practitioners and policymakers to draw from the insights of former extremists to combat violent extremism, overlooked in this evol...
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Marian Tapley and Gordon Clubb
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2019-01-01
This policy brief examines the role former extremists and former combatants have in countering violent extremism (CVE). ‘The former’ as a special category of actor in CVE activities, ...