Radicals have taken to technology, exploiting the gap between what society forbids and what the internet allows. For two years Julia Ebner went undercover, investigating the online lives of extremists; hanging out in the alt-right networks; receiving advice from Jihadi brides; and hacking lessons from ISIS to deliver the alarming book Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists which has recently won an Austrian Science Book of the Year prize. By day Ebner – recently listed in Forbes Austria’s 30 Under30 – works at the London-based counterextremism think tank the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and is a consultant on counter-terrorism to the UN. She is also the author of the 2018 Bruno Kreisky award-winning The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism. She explains how extremists operate, and how to stop them, in conversation with Charlotte Graham-McLay.

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Last updated: 12 March 2020