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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.
In this issue of Insights, ISD sheds light on a significant but little-known extremist ecosystem on Instagram, the German far-right's tactics during the recent federal elections, and how to better detect hate speech on video platforms like YouTube. Also in this newsletter: 
RESEARCH RECAP
Extremist content on Instagram
This German report examines an Instagram post by Russian state-controlled Russia Today DE on the murder of a gas station employee in Idar-Oberstein, analysing the tone and potential for violence among commenters.
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A cold wind from the right: German right-wing parties and actors use the climate crisis to their advantage 
During the 2021 German elections far-right actors pushed decontextualized media headlines to strengthen their positions, highlighting how climate is becoming integrated into the country’s culture wars. 
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Online Extremism Index Series: Looking Ahead to the 2022 Elections in Kenya
As part of Strong Cities Network's series on online extremism, we examine polarisation and hate speech ahead of Kenya’s 2022 elections, and what can be done to prevent the offline violence seen in past elections.
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Automating the classification of antisemitism on YouTube
ISD Germany launched a project using a German-language classifier to sort through antisemitic YouTube comments to understand challenges around detecting and removing hate speech.
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How mobilisation by climate sceptic actors on Facebook during COP26 undermined the summit
ISD research during COP26 shows that while verified information sources on Facebook greatly increased their followership, climate sceptic actors were substantially more active and their audiences more engaged.
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How a pro-Russian disinformation outlet circumvented a ban from Facebook
A pro-Russian propaganda outlet has openly re-emerged on Facebook, circumventing previous bans with known tactics. What does this say about FB's “continuous enforcement” efforts to keep known bad actors off its platform?
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ISD EVENTS
As part of the United States Summit for Democracy series, ISD brought together experts for a closed discussion on the issue of data provision from online platforms for research. Participants including scholars, public and private sector experts from government, the tech industry and civil society, were gathered to exchange best practices, discuss the challenges of existing models for data access, and chart the path forward for new and emerging possibilities. The discussion was hosted with the support of the Summit for Democracy and the Canadian Government.
Our Strong Cities Network hosted the virtual Africa Summit: Supporting City-Led Efforts to Address Hate, Polarisation and Extremism, alongside the County Government of Mombasa and the Kilindini Coalition. The 5-day event facilitated dialogue among local and national governments, young people, civil society, and multilateral partners across the continent. Topics included the development and implementation of P/CVE, national-local cooperation, the pandemic's impact on interventions, and the role of young people.
 
On 1 December ISD convened government officials and regulators from Five Eyes and European countries for a session of the Digital Policy Lab focused on threats to election integrity. Participants shared lessons on the policies and measures across DPL member countries to mitigate those threats.
 
As part of a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV), ISD Germany recently held its first annual expert conference “In the Blind Spot - How Right-Wing Extremists Use Alternative Online Platforms for Radicalisation” in Berlin. Over two days, analysts and researchers presented their work to peers and members of civil society, politics and the business sector. A conference report will be published in early 2022.
ISD IN THE MEDIA
This piece by UnHerd draws on our report “Islamogram: Salafism and Alt-Right Online Subcultures” to  explain the growing union between the online far-right and a subset of young Salafi Muslims - a distinct contrast from better-known Islamo-leftism. 
 
ISD's Milo Comerford and Moustafa Ayad spoke with MEL magazine about our Islamogram report, part of our series Gen-Z & The Digital Salafi Ecosystem, and what the emerging visual union between Gen-Z Salafis and the far-right could mean. 
 
Speaking with The Hill, ISD's Chloe Colliver discusses how Twitter and other platforms dealt with a violent video directed at U.S. representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, again calling into question why platforms don't do more to protect women from these kinds of publications.
 
Our Jennie King features in BBC’s The Denial Files where she speaks about how different groups and movements have repurposed and weaponised COVID-19-related language to instill fear and anger among climate change sceptics.
 
VACANCIES

Join our team to counter hate, extremism and disinformation globally 

ISD has grown across all of our areas of work in the last year, with new team members joining us in over 14 countries globally. We are currently looking for exceptional people to take on vital roles, including Senior M&E Manager to work across our programming 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.

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