‘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.”

OKC Fox: OKC Memorial and Museum releases Virtual Hope Trunks for learning

OKC Fox: OKC Memorial and Museum releases Virtual Hope Trunks for learning. “The National Memorial and Museum is releasing a brand new tool to help kids learn while out of the classroom by introducing Virtual Hope Trunks. These online resources are a new way to teach kids about the Oklahoma City Bombing.”

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.”

N World: Database reveals decade of violent deaths in Middle East

N World: Database reveals decade of violent deaths in Middle East. “More than 335,000 people have been killed or injured in drone and missile strikes, roadside bombings and suicide attacks in the last nine years with about three-quarters of the victims in the Middle East and North Africa. The Explosive Violence Monitoring Project said the figures were likely to be an underestimate of those affected by war, terrorism and civil strife as they were culled from only English-language media sources and did not include shooting deaths. Those who died from their injuries are also not captured in the data.”

Seattle Times: Facebook still auto-generating Islamic State, al-Qaida pages

Seattle Times: Facebook still auto-generating Islamic State, al-Qaida pages. “In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it’s reported. But a whistleblower’s complaint shows that Facebook itself has inadvertently provided the two extremist groups with a networking and recruitment tool by producing dozens of pages in their names.”

New York Times: Facebook Expands Definition of Terrorist Organizations to Limit Extremism

New York Times: Facebook Expands Definition of Terrorist Organizations to Limit Extremism. “Facebook on Tuesday announced a series of changes to limit hate speech and extremism on the social network, expanding its definition of terrorist organizations and planning to deploy artificial intelligence to better spot and block live videos of shooters.”

The National: ISIS is using new social media sites after Facebook and Twitter crackdown

The National: ISIS is using new social media sites after Facebook and Twitter crackdown. “Since December, ISIS has been turning to the ‘decentralised web’ to find new sites after a crackdown by Facebook, Twitter and Telegram. It had been dominant on Telegram until the platform deleted thousands of its accounts. Now, research reveals the group has been turning to platforms like RocketChat and ZeroNet.”

Daily Kos: Far-right terrorism is now a global phenomenon, with help from Russia

Daily Kos: Far-right terrorism is now a global phenomenon, with help from Russia. “As Americans struggle to cope with the new reality of a seemingly endless stream of domestic terrorists either enacting or attempting mass murder in public spaces—all of them fitting the profile of the ‘red-pilled’ conspiracy theorist radicalized online, all of them killing sequentially, inspired by each previous likeminded terrorist—they may take some small consolation in the realization that they are not alone. At the same time, the sober realization that the rising tide of white-nationalist terrorism is not just an American problem, but a global one that reaches every corner of an Internet-connected world makes clear the massive breadth and scope of the problem.”

Reuters: Australia to block internet domains hosting extremist content during terror attacks

Reuters: Australia to block internet domains hosting extremist content during terror attacks. “Australia will block access to internet domains hosting terrorist material during crisis events and will consider legislation to force digital platforms to improve the safety of their services, officials said on Sunday.”