Countering Online Violent Extremism Research
The Countering Online Violent Extremism Research (COVER) Program is a hub of multi-disciplinary research activity dedicated to understanding the phenomenon of radicalization – online and in other forms. We are developing effective ways to counter the process and aim for practical outcomes from our research. We have a focus on social media as a tool for radicalisation and countering violent extremism (CVE). We also research in the area of civil society movements and their roles in CVE. The use of victim/survivor and former terrorist narratives bring these research interests together.
Curtin University has been delivering research outcomes with practical implications for government and law enforcement in countering violent extremism- including online forms of radicalisation since 2011. Partnering with international institutions and organisations, the COVER Program comprises a range of research projects and activities that explore various facets of the relationship between violent extremism and the internet.
The objectives of the COVER Program are:
The creation of a critical mass of innovative research activity across different disciplines in the subject matter of violent extremism including online forms;
The collection of information, research and evidence about the phenomenon of online violent extremism;
Dissemination of research through conferences, seminars and workshops both nationally and internationally;
Influencing research agendas in Australia and the region in key aspects of violent extremism;
Developing understanding of online violent extremism and how to counter it informed by effective, valid and robust research;
Ensuring that Australian strategies and programs targeting violent extremism are based on evidence and knowledge and not untested assumptions, thereby increasing the likelihood of success.
Countering Online Violent Extremism Research Program
Department of Social Sciences and International Studies
Centre for Culture and Technology
Tel | +61 8 9266 3326
Email | COVER@curtin.edu.au
Web | http://curtin.edu.au/research/ccat/index.cfm