Images of the Capitol Hill storming shocked Americans and Europeans alike. However, to analysts studying the online disinformation and extremist ecosystem, the insurrection was hardly surprising. Nor were the events entirely unique. In August, far-right groups brandishing QAnon and neo-Nazi flags rioted on the steps of the Bundestag.
Facilitated by social media, the two near mirror-image events are the culmination of an increasingly transnational far-right network that threatens the basic tenets of democratic society; fringe conspiracy theories with antisemitic roots have gone from the corners of the internet to the mainstream.
To understand the threat facing both the U.S. and Europe, and how governments and civil society can combat online radicalization and the proliferation of conspiracy theories, AJC is pleased to welcome from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) Jacob Davey, Head of Policy & Research, Far-Right and Hate Movements and Jakob Guhl, Research Manager.
Since 2006, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) has been at the forefront of analyzing and responding to extremism in all its forms. In 2020, ISD’s Digital Analysis Unit closely monitored disinformation and weaponized hate across the U.S., analyzing the key themes, actors and dynamics driving the online mobilization that preceded the scenes at the U.S. Capitol.
The event will be moderated by AJC Berlin Senior Associate Eric Adamson.