Balkan Insight: BIRN Launches Balkan Terrorism and Foreign Fighters Database

Balkan Insight: BIRN Launches Balkan Terrorism and Foreign Fighters Database. “The Terrorism and Foreign Fighters Database, which was launched on Friday by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, contains comprehensive information about court verdicts for domestic terrorism in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. It also includes verdicts from the trials of people accused of going abroad to fight for the so-called Islamic State and other militant groups in Syria and for pro-Russian separatist forces in the conflict in Ukraine.”

Wired: This Site Published Every Face From Parler’s Capitol Riot Videos

Wired: This Site Published Every Face From Parler’s Capitol Riot Videos. “Late last week, a website called Faces of the Riot appeared online, showing nothing but a vast grid of more than 6,000 images of faces, each one tagged only with a string of characters associated with the Parler video in which it appeared. The site’s creator tells WIRED that he used simple open source machine learning and facial recognition software to detect, extract, and deduplicate every face from the 827 videos that were posted to Parler from inside and outside the Capitol building on January 6, the day when radicalized Trump supporters stormed the building in a riot that resulted in five people’s deaths.”

BBC: New EU drive to remove extremist web content

BBC: New EU drive to remove extremist web content. “The EU has been discussing such a regulation for more than a year, but the recent terror attacks in France and Austria have given it new urgency. Interior ministers said the text must be agreed soon with the EU Commission and European Parliament. They also urged more EU data-sharing and more systematic border checks.”

Exclusive: FBI warned over summer that pandemic was reenergizing militia movement (Yahoo News)

Yahoo News: Exclusive: FBI warned over summer that pandemic was reenergizing militia movement. “Almost four months before the FBI arrested six men for plotting to kidnap Michigan’s governor, the bureau warned local and state law enforcement about a surge in militia extremists seeking to target government officials, particularly those they blamed for pandemic restrictions, according to an intelligence bulletin obtained by Yahoo News.”

Islamic State: Giant library of group’s online propaganda discovered (BBC)

BBC: Islamic State: Giant library of group’s online propaganda discovered. “One of the largest collections of online material belonging to the group calling itself Islamic State has been discovered by researchers at the Institute of Strategic Dialogue (ISD). The digital library contains more than 90,000 items and has an estimated 10,000 unique visitors a month. Experts say it provides a way to continually replenish extremist content on the net. But taking it down is difficult because the data is not stored in one place.”

‘ISIS Files’ launch: Thousands of documents reveal the terror group’s inner workings (Task & Purpose)

Task & Purpose: ‘ISIS Files’ launch: Thousands of documents reveal the terror group’s inner workings. “The New York Times and GWU announced a partnership in 2018 to digitize, translate, and analyze more than 15,000 pages of internal ISIS documents. Now, those documents are beginning to appear on the ISIS files website, which is based around themes such as ideology, war spoils, agriculture programs, and religious police files.”

The Conversation: How the coronavirus increases terrorism threats in the developing world

The Conversation: How the coronavirus increases terrorism threats in the developing world. “As the coronavirus reaches developing countries in Africa and Asia, the pandemic will have effects beyond public health and economic activity. As the disease wreaks its havoc in areas poorly equipped to handle its spread, terrorism likely will increase there as well. We are political scientists who study the developing world and political conflict. Our recently published research identifies a potential link between the pandemic and an uptick in violence. We find that food insecurity – the lack of both financial and physical access to nutritious food, which leads to malnutrition and undernourishment in a population – makes citizens angry at their governments.”

Politico: DHS warns of increase in coronavirus-inspired violence

Politico: DHS warns of increase in coronavirus-inspired violence. “Domestic terrorists and violent extremists are mobilizing in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and the threat could get more severe ‘until the virus is contained and the normal routine of U.S. societal life resumes,’ according to a Department of Homeland Security intelligence note sent to law enforcement officials around the country.”

Phys .org: Hate speech dominates social media platform when users want answers on terrorism

Phys .org: Hate speech dominates social media platform when users want answers on terrorism. “People often resort to using hate speech when searching about terrorism on a community social media platform, a study has found.Community question answering sites (CQAs) are social media platforms where users ask questions, answer those submitted by others, and have the option to evaluate responses.”

Techdirt: Losing Streak Continues For Litigants Suing Social Media Companies Over Violence Committed By Terrorists

Techdirt: Losing Streak Continues For Litigants Suing Social Media Companies Over Violence Committed By Terrorists. “According to Eric Goldman’s count (and he would know), this is the 12th ridiculous ‘blame Twitter for terrorism’ lawsuit to be tossed by a federal court. The dubious legal theory — one so dubious it has yet to find any judicial takers — is that Twitter and other social media platforms ‘allow’ terrorists to converse and radicalize and do other terrorist things. What no one has successfully alleged is that Twitter, Facebook, etc. are directly or indirectly responsible for terrorist attacks.”

Voice of America News: IS’s Virtual Caliphate Struggles to Regain Footing on Social Media

Voice of America News: IS’s Virtual Caliphate Struggles to Regain Footing on Social Media. “Islamic State media operatives appear to be flailing about in cyberspace, still trying to recover more than a week after tens of thousands of their messaging accounts were targeted by European officials. Unlike some past efforts to hamper the terror group’s propaganda efforts, which dealt only temporary setbacks, the latest takedown seems to be having a lasting impact, counterterrorism officials and analysts say.”

Neowin: Europol says it has taken Islamic State presences offline

Neowin: Europol says it has taken Islamic State presences offline. “The European Union’s police agency, Europol, has announced that it has hit Islamic State’s online presence, claiming that the group is totally offline for the time being. With the rapidity that online groups can be set up, they may spring back up in time but it’ll likely take a while for any subscribers of those channels to reconnect.”

Al Monitor: Can Egypt’s newest search engine root out extremism?

Al Monitor: Can Egypt’s newest search engine root out extremism?. “Dar al-Ifta, Egypt’s Islamic authority with the power to issue fatwas (religious edicts), recently launched a search engine to track fatwas from terrorist groups and extremists and to help Al-Azhar scholars tackle Islamophobia. The data collected will enable clerics to develop indicators to help decision-makers better understand terrorist networks and guide policymakers in formulating effective counterterrorism strategies.”