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Influencing the Influencers: Countering extremism with the people who matter

Influencing the Influencers: Countering extremism with the people who matter

In our recent article on positive counter-messaging, we heard from several experts in the CVE domain who advocate the need for narratives to be communicated from within vulnerable communities, led by the real influencers. However, finding these influencers is just one challenge – bringing them onboard to support and implement a message requires a the right tools, the right techniques, and a level of finesse known only to those with a seasoned understanding of this arena.

Lieutenant Colonel John Wishart, J39 CA Planner, Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA), will be providing a briefing at the conference on utilizing communication specialists in support of peacekeeping and humanitarian activities, bringing his lessons from countering Boko Haram in Nigeria. Before the event, he spoke with Defence IQ’s Richard de Silva on how to influence the influencers…

Winning the fight against extremist narratives: Insights from Dr Usama Hasan

Winning the fight against extremist narratives: Insights from Dr Usama Hasan

Information is available everywhere and at any time, making it difficult for the audience to distinguish which truth they are faced with belongs to extremists and which does not. 

When trying to debunk extremist religious narratives, theology can play a big part, as believes Dr Usama Hasan, Head of Islamic Studies at Quilliam International and speaker at Countering Violent Extremism 2018. In this exclusive transcript of his discussion with Defence IQ, he gives his expert insight into the elements breeding radicalisation, the role of religious leaders against religious extremism, the use of theology to counter extremist narratives and the role of government in helping fighting them.

How the internet facilitates the propagation of terrorist narratives

How the internet facilitates the propagation of terrorist narratives

The internet is a key element in the overall narrative warfare and has enabled extremist organisations to reach audiences they could not reach before and promote their own truth. There is a pressing need for allies to learn how to best use online platforms and technology to gain an advantage on the adversary.

Ahead of Countering Violent Extremism 2018, Defence IQ had the opportunity to gain an exclusive insight into the current challenges allied forces face against Violent Extremist Organisations (VEO) from Gregory Radabaugh, Director of the Joint Information Operations Warfare Center and speaker at the event. In this complimentary interview, he talks about the strategic advantages technology provides to extremist organisations, the place of information in their narrative and the challenges allied forces encounter in defeating them.

The growing influence of AI on intelligence and online behaviour

The growing influence of AI on intelligence and online behaviour

The internet has become the ideal platform for violent extremist organisations to operate discreetly and to reach anyone, anywhere on the globe to gather them to their cause. This online activity has become too complex and offers too much data to analyse for humans.

Ahead of the 17th annual Countering Violent Extremism conference, Defence IQ discussed with Wing Commander Keith Dear, lead consultant and co-executive producer to the Royal United Service Institute's AI & Future Programme and speaker at the conference. In this exclusive interview, discover his thoughts on the impact of AI on intelligence, from data collection to online behaviour.

The Intoxication of the ‘Art of the Hack’

The Intoxication of the ‘Art of the Hack’

"Information Operations seeks to master the enemy’s operating space; to limit their ability to act, move and communicate. On the internet, hackers hold a wealth of expertise and experience – yet we have failed to lever them effectively..." Why do hackers hack? Consideration of the psychological and social motivations behind this activity leads us to discover a desire to compensate for an inability to effect change in the ‘real’ world. Alicia Kearns, Director of Global Influence, breaks down the research as part of Defence IQ’s Countering Violent Extremism series.
Conflict in the Information Environment

Conflict in the Information Environment

In this presentation from the 2016 forum Gregory Radabaugh, SES Director, Joint Information Operations Warfare Center, analysised the advancements US joint IO enterprise has made in the face of countering violent extremism - policy, investment and the use of influence during peacetime.