Jihad Trending
Fig. 1. Jihad Trending. Courtesy of Quilliam Foundation.

Quilliam Foundation released its new report titled "Jihad Trending: A Comprehensive Analysis of Online Extremism and How to Counter It" written by Ghaffar Hussain and Erin Marie Saltman.

From the report's executive summary:

Online extremism and the role the Internet plays in the radicalisation process is currently being debated and discussed by journalists, academics, technologists and government officials alike. This report seeks to demystify this area and expose the manner in which online tools are being used by Islamist extremist organisations and individuals to recruit and propagandise. Current measures to tackle online extremism are assessed and critiqued, after which the report details a practical strategy for countering extremism online and making the Internet a less hospitable domain for extremists.

The research conducted for this report focuses on Islamist extremist groups operating in the UK and France, mapping their use of the Internet and what they hope to achieve through heir online activities. Popular online platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter as well as chat rooms, discussion forums and static websites are analysed with a view to assessing the role online extremist messaging plays in the radicalisation process. The report also addresses the issue of censorship, assessing the effectiveness of current filtering methods available and their overall efficacy.

The full report is available for PDF download here.