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From all of our ISD teams around the world, we wish you a happy and peaceful holiday period. This has been a deeply challenging year and we hope you have the opportunity to relax and spend time with your loved ones.

In this issue of Insights
, ISD breaks down the anti-lockdown movements in Canada and Ireland, releases a prototype taxonomy for classifying terrorist and violent extremist content, and lays bare a global network pushing to undermine women's and LGBTQ+ rights in Hungary. Also in this newsletter:
As we approach the end of another busy year here at ISD, we ask you to consider supporting our important work. The donations we receive make it possible for us to continue the fight against hate, extremism and disinformation around the world.
RESEARCH RECAP
Exploring the innerworkings of far-right activity on Telegram
Drawing on data analysed from over 200 Telegram channels, this report provides fresh insight into the role of right-wing extremist communities in amplifying and converging misinformation, conspiracy theories, hate and harassment with COVID-19 elements.

Covered by AP News and Newsweek.

 
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Research series: anti-lockdown movements across Europe and North America  
This briefing provides a summary of our newest series, analysing the make-up and activities of anti-lockdown activists across borders, comparing the movements and identifying commonalities. 
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Anti-lockdown activity: Canada country profile
In our first paper of this series, we break down the key figures and groups of the Canadian anti-lockdown scene, and the ideological overlaps of those involved.



 
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A classification system for terrorist and violent extremist content on social media 
This brief was originally funded by, and produced for, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, and aims to design an approach to moderation decisions for social media platforms by creating a prototype classification system for extremist content online.



 
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Analysing the Irish anti-lockdown scene and online space
In this country profile, we focus on Ireland, exploring the key individuals and groups involved, and illustrating the harmful activity that can be traced back to the proliferation of conspiracy theories online. 

Coverage of this report can be found on The Journal

 
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The growth of the left-wing ‘gunstagram’
While the threat of left-wing violence remains relatively low, incidents over the last two years prompted ISD into looking at what we are calling the left-wing 'Gunstagram' to potentially offer insights into factors driving an increasingly armed left in the real world.

 
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The global network working to curb the rights of women and sexual minorities
An expansive global network of ultra-conservative organisations pushing to undermine and women’s and minority rights are gaining traction in Hungary, driving polarisation in a country where sexual and reproductive rights are already a contested issue.
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How German right-wing extremists and conspiracists are building their infrastructure on Telegram
Building on previous research, ISD Germany found that Telegram has become the central pillar for German right-wing extremists as they seek to build out their online infrastructure despite NetzDG regulation.  

Coverage of this report can be found on Zeit onlineDie Presse, Oldenburger OnlinezeitungBerliner MorgenpostBZ Berlin, and more. 
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ISD EVENTS

ISD’s Milo Comerford and Moustafa Ayad were hosted by the Program on Extremism at George Washington University for a virtual discussion event on Salafism and Alt-Right Online Subcultures. The event focused on the finding and recommendations emerging from ISD’s recent research on Gen-Z & The Digital Salafi Ecosystem.

Jennie King, who recently led ISD's efforts in tracking climate change misinformation during COP26, joins Kantar Public experts to discuss climate change disinformation sources, what can be done about persistent climate change deniers and implications for policymakers in this space, among other topics. This event can be viewed here.
 
ISD IN THE MEDIA
Moustafa Ayad wrote an op-ed for WIRED about Generation Z jihadists and the varying aspects that influence their outlooks and social media use as the post-September 11 generation
 
ISD's Jacob Davey spoke with Sky News on their investigation into openly available antisemitic, racist, and generally extremist podcast material on Spotify. 

 

Aoife Gallagher features in this article by VICE News on the growing interconnectedness between the far-right and antivaccine movements in countries around the world since the pandemic.


 

ISD's Paula Matlach spoke with the Berliner Morgenpost on our findings from the 2021 German federal elections that showed that right-wing Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) successfully mobilised their base by using emotionally provocative language and arguments around climate change discussion online. 
 
VACANCIES

Join our team to counter hate, extremism and disinformation globally 

In 2022, ISD's US programming will expand significantly. As part of this growth, we are recruiting talented analysts, managers, communicators and operations staff to join our existing global team. Our US HQ is in Washington DC but we welcome applicants from across the US and support remote working.

We are also seeking exceptional applicants for other roles, including a part-time Head of Finance and a part-time Finance Assistant for our London office, and a Programme Manager in Jordan. If you would like to know more about upcoming opportunities or submit a speculative application, please visit our careers portal below.

New ISD vacancies
SUPPORT OUR WORK
Help ISD safeguard democracy

We have been committed to the fight against hate, extremism, polarisation and disinformation for nearly 15 years and it's all thanks to support from people like you. As an independent, non-profit organisation, our work is reliant on grants and donations to stay on the forefront of analysing and responding to threats to democracy in all their forms. 

By donating to ISD, your contribution will ensure we can continue to analyse, advise, and act to create stronger, more cohesive societies. Join us by donating at the link below.

 

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