Phishing for Nazis
Conspiracies, Anonymous Communications and White Supremacy Networks on the Dark Web
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An evidence-based, undercover study of neo-Nazi communities on anonymous online platforms, Phishing for Nazis helps shine a light on the dark web – unveiling how hatred and conspiracies spread and thrive online, how white supremacy is becoming increasingly prominent, and how online manifestations of hate radicalize people into taking ‘real world’ action such as shooting sprees. Phishing for Nazis is unique as it incorporates undercover cyber-ethnography, a method frequently used by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, unlike traditional academic studies of racism or social behavior that rely on secondary sources or surveys, to discover how extremists find shelter online.
This book demonstrates how race issues translate online, contributing to the field of cyber communication as it details why and how people communicate and manage entire communities without knowing one another, and contributes to public policy, regulators, and technology companies as they deal with the practice of online anonymity and extremism.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction, 2 Anonymity and Anonymous Communications, 3 White Supremacy: A Global Concern, 4 Nazi Migration to Anonymous Platforms - The Case of Holocaust Denial, 5 Antisemitism on the Dark Web: Traditional Conspiracies on New Technologies, 6 Online Radicalization: From Words to Actions, 7 Conclusion and Recommendations
Dr. Lev Topor is a senior research fellow at the Center for Cyber Law and Policy at the Haifa University. His main research fields are antisemitism and cyber policies. Topor's latest book, published by Oxford University Press, is titled Why Do People Discriminate Against Jews? (with Jonathan Fox). Topor has published articles for the Journal of Advanced Military Studies, Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism, Israel Affairs, International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism, among others. Additionally, Topor’s research on the Dark Web won several awards including the annual Robert Wistrich Award from the Vidal Sassoon Center for the Study of Antisemitism and an annual award from the Association of Civil-Military Studies in Israel.