COMMunIcation campaign against extremism and radicalization

COMMIT aims at preventing and dissuading vulnerable young people (13-25 years old) from extremism, radicalism and terrorism.

Grant Agreement Number: 867019

Funded by: ISFP-AG        Duration: 01/2020-12/2021   


Challenge

During the past years, Europe has been facing alarming tendencies towards extremism, radical and terrorist propaganda. Extremists use widely online means to spread hate, encourage violence, radicalize and recruit followers, prepare and incite attacks. The online attacks are highly concentrated on social media. According to Europol, over 150 social media platforms are used by terrorists for propaganda.

However, it is not only terrorists who promote violence and push audience towards radicalization. Many European extreme right/left-wing groups are mobilizing their followers, communicating about Islamic brutalities as justification for their own extreme response.

Taking these into consideration, there is an urgent need to address all forms of extremism and radicalism leading to violence online, whether inspired by terrorist propaganda, right/left-wing extremism or populist movements.

Innovation

The European initiative COMMIT aims at preventing and dissuading vulnerable young people (13-25 years old) from extremism, radicalism and terrorism, providing them with skills needed to co-develop alternative narratives that promote democratic values, tolerance and cooperation, and equipping them with competences needed to identify and fight online content of intolerance and violence.

For this purpose, COMMIT will adopt a trans-medial approach combining online campaigns addressing fake news, hate speech, populistic propaganda, right-/left-wing extremism, Islamic radicalism and terrorism, as well as face-to-face activities such as workshops, contest and events.

Action

COMMIT will analyze the content of populist, right/left-wing extremist and terrorist propaganda and gain deep understanding of push and pull factors and root causes of radicalization. Various online spaces where the target audiences consume and share information will be analyzed (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, Instagram etc.). It will also define the profile of groups and individuals vulnerable and/or close to populist, right/left-wing extremist, Islamic radical and terrorist propaganda.
The Capacity Building Programme will consist of 10 face-to-face meetings with university students and representatives of civil society organisations and other local partners and stakeholders, aiming to address the competences and tools needed to understand, analyze and counteract radical and extremist content online, deconstruct and prevent its harmful impacts on youth.
The participants of the Capacity Building Programme will co-create multimedia content for the online campaign. The content will be in the form of pictures, short posts, texts and videos, which will be shared online. In this framework, lectures, interactive workshops and group work will take place.
The participants will develop the “Commit” Declaration, including a memorandum of understanding and bottom-up recommendations on how to combat extremist content online, prevent radicalization and promote the European democratic values.
Participants will create local networks, including media and communication professionals, civil society organisations and public authorities, empowering them in the fight against radicalization of the youth. Finally, an international conference will be organized.
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Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre
Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci (Italy) (Project Coordinator)
Stichting Dare to Be Grey (Netherlands)
Universita degli Studi di Palermo (Italy)
Die Berater (Austria)
Textgain BVBA (Belgium)

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