Alex Krasodomski-Jones

Researcher at @Demos and the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, focusing on extremism on the Internet

Researcher at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, focusing on extremism on the Internet. He is currently working on applying natural language processing to social policy research.
Facebook, Frankenstein And Free

Facebook, Frankenstein And Free Speech

Social media companies have shown a willingness to work with governments and law enforcement in the past, and streamlining and improving this relationship is crucial. Unrealistic expectations do little to improve this relationship though, and some of the criticisms laid out in the report do seem unrealistic.
31/08/2016 17:37 BST
2015: When the State Met the Social Media

2015: When the State Met the Social Media Company

Illegal guns and child pornography are bought and sold. Terror groups are using Facebook to radicalise young people in their bedrooms. Islamic State propaganda is splattered across the internet in greater quantities and in plainer sight than ever. Why isn't Twitter capable of getting rid of this stuff? Social media companies should be doing more!
18/12/2015 13:21 GMT
The Terror You Know, the Terror You Don't - How Extremism Has Gone Digital Since

The Terror You Know, the Terror You Don't - How Extremism Has Gone Digital Since 7/7

The role the internet plays in radicalisation is poorly understood. It is generally held that offline factors are at the heart of what turns young men and women to turn to violent extremism. Nevertheless, ten years after 7/7, digitally-driven radicalisation is a reality that must be at the centre of any attempts to counter terrorist narratives...
06/07/2015 16:26 BST
Eyes and Ears in Grozny: Conflict and Social

Eyes and Ears in Grozny: Conflict and Social Media

It's 00:30 on December 4th 2014. Russia has invaded Chechnya again. Maybe. Reports say that Chechnyan rebels have killed some police officers. Six rebels, or maybe fifty, or maybe three hundred. Others are speculating that with the number of reported military vehicles it must be more, but the number of military vehicles is unconfirmed. Putin's motorcade has been spotted rushing to the Kremlin. Nobody is quite sure what is going on.
04/12/2014 16:04 GMT
Crimestoppers: Facebook on the Front

Crimestoppers: Facebook on the Front Line

More must be done to tackle online crime, and Facebook should cooperate. But expectations of pre-emptive screening of social media content to detect threats are fantasy. Suggestions of wide-scale, pre-emptive internet surveillance probably aren't nefarious, 'Orwellian' attempts to watch our every move; but they do misunderstand what's really possible when dealing with the internet.
26/11/2014 16:33 GMT