Rave reviews for AuSI’s ‘Rethinking Social Media and Extremism’

Wednesday 24 May 2023

Rethinking Social Media and Extremism is an edited collection published in 2022, and is the first in a new series on Australia and the World from the ANU Press and the ANU Australian Studies Institute (AuSI). Reviews of the book have begun to be published, including some of the following:

  • "A timely and important book that provides a much-needed overview of the role of social media in violent extremism."
    - Professor Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR)
  • "A comprehensive and well-researched book that provides a valuable overview of the challenges of countering violent extremism online."
    - Dr. Marc Sageman, Senior Fellow at the Soufan Center and author of Leaderless Jihad
  • "A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the role of social media in violent extremism and the challenges of countering it."
    - Professor David Kilcullen, Counter-terrorism expert and author of The Accidental Guerrilla

The editors, Shirley Leitch and Paul Pickering, are both from AuSI. Lead editor, Shirley Leitch, said: “We're delighted by the book's positive reception. The current court case in Buffalo, New York, where social media companies are being sued by the families of victims of yet another right-wing extremist mass shooter, is a sad demonstration of the importance and urgency of the issues this book addresses.”

Co-editor, Paul Pickering, said: “As Director of the Institute, I’m pleased to see that the book is having an impact on the ongoing discussion of these vital of issues confronting society”.

The book is available for free download or hard copy purchase from: https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/series/australia-world/rethinking-social-media-extremism

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