Review on Countering Extremism and Hate Speech. February 2023 (I/II, Part a) |

On the list below, you will find the first part of the 140 most popular LinkedIn posts on the topics of counter-extremism and countering hate speech by Thorsten Koch, MA, PgDip, during the first half of February 2023. Part a and b of this issue contain 70 links each.

Since mid-2017, we have filed many thousands of shares on LinkedIn. Almost all of these are posts of articles and documents about countering extremism and radicalization. The following is a current selection of our posts.

The Top 3 posts, as part of this issue, are as follows:

  1. Former counter-terror chief hits out at ‘insulting’ findings of Prevent review (The Guardian):
  2. NCTC Guide: The Structure of Violent Extremist Ideologies (National Counterterrorism Center via public intelligence):
  3. Risky online behaviour ‘almost normalised’ among young people, says study (The Guardian):

Enjoy browsing and reading!

Sub-Saharan Africa Is ‘New Epicenter’ of Extremism, Says UN (AP via VOA News):

Ending terrorism and violent extremism through community-based reintegration (Nigerian News Direct):

5 Ways Teachers Can Confront Students’ Exposure to Andrew Tate and Other Online Extremists (EducationWeek):

Foundations of Targeted Violence Prevention (DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis):

Policy Lessons on Reducing Gender-based Violence (World Bank):

Islamists to be identified as biggest terror threat in landmark report on extremism (Express, UK):

UN approves Iraq’s request to designate international day to combat extremism (Iraqi News):

Prevent accused of treating terrorism like a mental illness rather than a threat in official report (The Telegraph):

The dark side of AI: Book warns that algorithms may be generating hate and discrimination (TechXplore):

Etidal, Telegram remove 15m items of extremist online content (Arab News):

International Day for the Prevention of Violent Extremism as and when Conducive to Terrorism, 12 February (United Nations):

UK Muslim groups linked to extremism face funding cuts, increased monitoring (Arab News):

What you need to know about preventing violent extremism through education (UNESCO):

EU reveals a program to combat violence and extremism in Iraq (Iraqi News Agency):

Rights abuses often ‘tipping point’ for extremist recruitment, UN study finds (The Guardian):

Big Social-Media Players might be Banned in Case of Legal Violations, EU Commissioner (

Power of sport to counter violent extremism amplified at UN (United Nations):

Book Review: ‘Rethinking Islamism Beyond Jihadist Violence [by Dr. Elisa Orofino]’ (European Eye on Radicalization):

A New Study Shows How to Counter Violent Extremism Through “Social Cohesion” (Global Dispatches):

Warning Terrorist Threat Spreading to Increasing Number of Countries, Security Council Presidential Statement Stresses Need for Comprehensive, Consistent Counter-Strategy (United Nations):

Strangers to blame for half of online hate cases, study finds (The Irish Examiner):

Online safety bill needs tougher rules on misogyny, say peers (The Guardian):

Towards a Model of Radicalisation (Ghaffar’s Newsletter):

King calls for greater racial harmony to prevent extremism (FMT, Malaysia):


Saudi counter-extremism center works with Telegram to remove five million extremist posts in past two months (Arab News):

Preventing Extremism through Storytelling and Gaming (GNET Research):

Lack of jobs, the main driver of violent extremism in sub-Saharan Africa: UNDP (United Nations):

Structural Issues Plague the Fight Against Terrorism in the Maldives (European Eye on Radicalization):

Do Trauma Interventions Work? (XCEPT):

7 (Im)politeness theory (De Gruyter):

Experts demand better measures to protect children caught in conflict (United Nations):

Believability and Harmfulness Shape the Virality of Misleading Social Media Posts (arXiv):

“We are totally exposed”: Young people share concerns about social media’s impact on privacy and mental health in global survey (Amnesty International):

Islamist extremists face tough new terror crackdown: Report calls for a new focus on the threat and to end a ‘false equivalence’ with far-Right extremism (Mail Online, UK):

Hate Speech: ‘Lost in Translation’? (Lexology):

THE COMPENDIUM OF PROMISING PRACTICES IN THE REHABILITATION AND REINTEGRATION OF ISIS-LINKED WOMEN AND CHILDREN. Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Netherlands, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan (The Bulan Institute):

The “incel” moral crisis. Don’t meme violent criminals into existence (The Critic, UK):

Solving Antisemitic Hate Speech in Social Media through a Global Approach to Local Action (DeGruyter):

Hate speech: Nations fight back (United Nations):

‘Prevent must focus on security not political correctness’: Suella Braverman demands ‘major reform’ of anti-terror programme after review found it’s not doing enough to tackle ‘non-violent’ Islamist extremism with too much focus on right-wing terror (Mail Online):

INTERRUPTING THE JOURNEY TO EXTREMISM. Development responses are crucial in preventing violent extremism (UNDP):

Cumulative extremism: Behind the scenes of toxic us-versus-them dynamics (flemish peace institute):

Breaking Cycles of Conflict: Do trauma interventions work? (XCEPT):

More women AI developers needed to fight online hate speech (Moonshot News):

Thwarting violence and extremism (Bangkok Post):

The UN calls for a “code of conduct” on social media (SGT Report):

Government acts to overhaul Prevent in the fight against radicalisation (GOV.UK):

Dynamics of Violent Extremism in Africa: Conflict Ecosystems, Political Ecology and the Spread of the Proto-State (UNDP):

Journey to extremism in Africa: Pathways to recruitment and disengagement (UNDP):

Thailand stepping up efforts in preventing multidimensional violence (The Nation Thailand):

New Microsoft research illustrates the online risks and value of safety tools to keep kids safer in the digital environment (Microsoft):

What is fueling rampant terrorism in sub-Saharan Africa? | DW News (DW News):

Special Report: a magazine show looking at some of the trending topics in P/CVE (EU RAN):

Prevent counter-terror scheme lambasted in review (BBC News):

AI is listening in on gamer chat for toxic and abusive language (NewScientist):

Combating Terrorist Use of File-Sharing (Tech Against Terrorism): (Audio) (Transcript) (Full Report)

Eye on 4R Network: Coming Home – A first-hand account of reintegration stories from two former extremists (Fighting Terror)

Stepping Forward: Parliaments in the Fight Against Hate Speech (UNDP):

“Cannot Be Any Compromise On Hate Speech At All”: Supreme Court (NDTV, India):

How Facebook fuels religious violence (The Business Standard, Bangladesh):

The Process of The Transfer of Hate Speech to Demonization and Social Polarization (Politics and Governance):

Social Media and Violent Extremist Organizations (dvids):

From Atari to Allahu Akbar: Comparing White Supremacist and Jihadist Uses of Gamified Extremism (GNET Research):

Social Influence Analysis (SIA) in Online Social Networks (WWU Münster):

Hope for better jobs eclipses religious ideology as main driver of recruitment to violent extremist groups in Sub-Saharan Africa (UNDP):

Free articles and analyses on soft counter-extremism and on countering hate speech:

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