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In this issue of Insights, ISD tracks the uptick in far-right Identitarian activity during the ongoing French presidential campaign; releases two new country profiles in the anti-lockdown series; and offers analysis and commentary on the Canadian truckers’ convoy and its international copies. Also in this newsletter:
RESEARCH RECAP
Far-right Identitarians rallying behind French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour
We tracked identitarians' discourse across platforms, finding an uptick in mobilisation and ideology promotion in the second half of 2021, fuelled by Eric Zemmour’s presidential campaign. 
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Exploring the German online space in the 2021 elections
ISD Germany reports on serious flaws in the enforcement of online measures against the spread of digital threats during the 2021 German federal elections, including digital violence, misinformation and disinformation.
Examining US support and funding for the Canadian trucker convoy
ISD's research shines a light on the international element of the ongoing Canadian trucker convoy, illuminating funding streams and support for similar actions elsewhere.
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New country profile releases in our anti-lockdown series

We dissect the anti-lockdown movements in the Netherlands and Germany, examining the key actors involved in the protests and exploring the long-term threat the movement poses.

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What can civil society do to stop mis- and disinfo in an election year?
ISD has published a new French-language resource for civil society organisations offering practical advice for countering extremism, misinformation and hate speech, and promoting digital citizenship.
Influencers and drama at the Canberra Convoy
16,000km away from Ottawa, another convoy protest is taking place in Canberra. We examine why it seems to have generated more social media content than actual protest.
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ISD NEWS

ISD and YouTube will soon launch another round of the Be Internet Citizens programme in partnership with Kate Daniels of PSHE Education. This training provides educators with tools to help young people develop their media literacy and critical thinking – empowering the next generation of digital citizens navigating the web. Registration is now open for sessions in February and March. 

Jakob Guhl presented on antisemitism in left-wing online spaces as part of the Hating on Social Media Symposium. Jakob’s presentation was based on his article "‘Everyone I know isn’t antisemitic’: Antisemitism in Facebook pages of the UK Labour Party". It is also a chapter in the upcoming Antisemitism on Social Media published by Routledge in March 2022. 

ISD IN THE MEDIA
Ciaran O'Connor speaks to POLITICO on how support for the Canadian truckers' convoy from U.S. political figures and content creators gave the protests the push needed to appeal to a global audience. His commentary has also been featured by NPR, Reuters and the Guardian
 

Iris Boyer and Zoe Fourel were featured by Ouest France regarding their research on the sale of French COVID-19 vaccination certificates across social media platforms.

 

Tim Squirrell spoke to LBC about mainstreamed extremist narratives in the wake of the confrontation of Sir Keir Starmer outside of Parliament after false accusations that he chose not to prosecute Jimmy Savile. 
 

Simeon Dukic discusses leading ISD research on online extremism in North Macedonian during a television interview with Sitel TV.



 

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