How are extremist groups organizing online? Who are the key players and what do they believe? Which groups are growing and which are shrinking? Why are some online communities more toxic than others?
I collect, store, and analyze data – mostly from social media, but other sources as well – so we can understand how extremist and niche online communities work.
On Alt-Tech, see : Can Alt-Tech Help the Far Right Build an Alternate Internet?, Megan Squire, Fair Observer, July 23, 2019 (‘As extremists are increasingly facing bans from online platforms, they look to alt-tech to circumvent restrictions’).
Since 2017, Squire has been extensively documenting far-right and white supremacist content online (see : Meet Antifa’s Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists, Doug Bock Clark, Wired, January 1, 2018; see also : Here’s How Anti-Muslim Groups On Facebook Overlap With A Range Of Far-Right Extremism, Ishmael N. Daro, BuzzFeed, August 4, 2018). She’s also been monitoring The Base and allied groups (see : Former soldier, alleged neo-Nazi Patrik Mathews denied bail in U.S., James McCarten, CBC, January 22, 2020).
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