Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Lemon Trees: State of Play: Reviewing the Literature on Gaming & Extremism

Huge lemons are in the garden of the lemon tree house at this autumn time of the year …

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Flavonoids are various compounds found naturally in many fruits and vegetables. They’re also in plant products like wine, tea, and chocolate. There are six different types of flavonoids found in food, and each kind is broken down by your body in a different way.

Flavonoids in wine, tea …

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  • by Alexandra Smith

State of Play: Reviewing the Literature on Gaming & Extremism. An Annotated Bibliography A Product of the Extremism and Gaming Research Network. “The Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN) brings together world-leading counter-extremism organizations to develop insights and solutions for the exploitation of online gaming by violent extremist organizations. Violent extremist organizations are actively exploiting online gaming across the world. However, there is limited understanding of the ways in which games and gaming-related spaces may be manipulated to radicalize vulnerable individuals and groups. The Extremism and Research Gaming Network intends to evidence the ways in which gaming is used by malign actors for harm, as well as opportunities to counter this misuse by using gaming for good in fostering resilient online communities…

Violent extremist organizations are actively exploiting the surge in online gaming during the global COVID-19 pandemic. From neo-Nazis and far-right groups to ISIS, those seeking to instigate hate and violence for their ideological ends are finding new platforms to do so as traditional social media platforms crack down on their content (Radicalization Awareness Network, 2020). Games per se are not at fault here. Rather, new platforms, including the chat app Discord and ive-streaming site Twitch, online games like Fortnite, and gaming platforms such as Steam, are rife with socialization opportunities exploited by extremist content and recruiters (Gais and Hayden, 2020). Newer messaging apps favored by gamers such as Discord can have up to “20 percent more monthly active users than social media” (Hay, 2018). Small wonder that radical and violent extremist organizations have sought to take advantage of younger audiences moving away from traditional social media platforms to alternatives. Yet as enforcement efforts step on Discord, Twitch, and DLive, even less policed options including Trovo and Odysee are meeting the needs of de-platformed extremist talking heads. Games and pervasive gaming-linked online chat systems are an integral part of new social media: as such there is a pressing need to assess the extent to which these platforms are being used by extremist organizations today, and in which ways…”


Are  spies a cyclical asset?

The number of secret search and eavesdropping orders approved by the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court dropped by more than half in the last two years, according to data released Friday by government officials who attributed the drop to the pandemic keeping even spies and terrorism suspects at home.

The figures released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) show the FISA court, named after the law that created it to handle sensitive national security cases, approved 907 probable cause applications in 2019, which plummeted to 524 the following year and 430 in 2021. Those orders covered an estimated 1,059 targets in 2019 — a figure that sank down to 376 last year.

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