CETC is working on the first-of-its-kind social media database on far-right movements

The Middlebury Institute’s Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC) has partnered with Logically, a tech company that uses artificial intelligence and human expertise to combat online misinformation and disinformation.

The two-year grant will fund a major new cross-platform social media database aimed at helping researchers understand the roles of extremist organizing, narrative creation, and disinformation in the process of radicalization.

CETC researchers will focus in particular on how disinformation is used to promote the “accelerationist” doctrine, which encourages the use of terrorist violence to accelerate societal collapse.

“This database will for the first time provide comprehensive insight into how far-right movements intentionally construct narratives for their own ends,” said CETC Deputy Director Alex Newhouse, who will be the project’s principal investigator. .

Principal Investigator Matt Kriner will help manage the project and oversee the research. Kriner is one of the nation’s foremost experts on coalitional acceleration, serving as managing director of the Accelerationism Research Consortium.

During the first phase of the project, the team will work on the collection, processing and construction of databases. The database will unify archives from social platforms, including Telegram, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Roblox and Steam, as well as data from leakers, such as Epik, Oath Keepers, Iron March, Fascist Forge and International Third Positionist Forum. During the second phase, the team will perform in-depth data analyzes to establish connections between the many and varied data sources.

“This project has the potential to give us unprecedented insight into the accelerationist realm of extremism,” Newhouse said. “We are honored to partner with Logically in this groundbreaking effort to understand the long-term development of accelerationist narratives on the internet.”

CETC is one of three research groups, along with the Council for Defense and Strategic Research and the University of Waterloo’s Figleaf Project, to receive research grants announced by Logically.

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