EGRN Members

About Our Membership

Members of the EGRN are researchers, practitioners, and public/private sector service providers with a vested interest in understanding the links between gaming(-adjacent) platforms and radicalization, extremism, and preventing/countering violent extremism. If you’re interested in learning more about the Network and our work, please look through the pages here and use the contact form at the bottom of the page to get in touch with us.

 We offer several types of membership:

  1. Individual” for all participating individual members who do not wish to be affiliated with an institution;
  2. Institutional”  for all formal organizations, non-profits, companies, agencies, or other legal entities (and any individuals within the institution);
  3. Student” for current students of higher education institutions (undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral, subject to verifiable interest in the subject); and,
  4. Network Supporters” for those who are in support of the Network but not active participants. This is a way for industry, governmental, or policymakers to learn from the EGRN who might not otherwise be able to participate. Observers will not have any of the requirements listed below but will also not be listed publicly as EGRN members, unless by mutual agreement with EGRN and the supporter.

 

All categories are open to the public to apply for via an online form below. These are reviewed by the EGRN administrators and, if necessary, the Steering Board prior to admission. Criteria for membership includes: a genuine expression of interest in the EGRN, relevant professional or academic experience, a suitable public record and lack of known offences, extremist, terrorist, or criminal activity.

Members also must meet the following requirements and opportunities to remain a publicly listed member of the EGRN:

For Individuals and Students, a commitment to:

    1. Participate in a minimum of one meeting per quarter (four meetings per year);
    2. Write/contribute to at least one piece/element of content over the course of the year. There are many opportunities to fulfil this commitment, including:
      1. Newsletter content; GNET Insights (1,000 words); Analytical notes (~3000 words); Author/coauthorship of an EGRN-branded report; Support production of short video content or podcast materials; Website maintenance; and various other opportunities.
    3. Adhere to the highest standards of professional and researcher integrity in the course of all engagements with the EGRN and our Members.

For Institutions, a commitment to:

    1. The above, but with the additional requirement that institutions will be asked to send a representative to at least 10 of 12 meetings annually; and,
    2. Have an up-to-date Point of Contact (POC) designated at the organization. This individual at time of signing the MOU should make a new POC part of their handover process if they leave the organization of their role related to the work of the Network.

 

*Becoming a member of the EGRN, whether individual or institutional, does not incur any costs

Meet out members

Individual Members

Our individual membership includes qualified individual researchers, practitioners, public servants, and more (listed below) who actively engage in EGRN outputs and activities.

EGRN CO-CONVENER & MEMBER

Galen Lamphere-Engund

Galen is a senior researcher and management professional working at the nexus of violent extremism, conflict, and tech issues. His work promotes human rights and positive, sustainable peace. For over 10 years, Galen has worked across 30+ countries to manage projects for humanitarian and development NGOs, United Nations agencies, governments, think tanks, and many of the largest tech platforms. Galen co-founded and jointly convenes the Extremism and Gaming Research Network. He is a Preventing & Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) advisor to various clients and is an Associate Fellow at RUSI.

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Jessica White

Dr Jessica White is a Senior Research Fellow in RUSI’s Terrorism and Conflict group. Her expertise encompasses counter-terrorism and preventing and countering violent extremism policy and programming, as well as gender mainstreaming strategies. She has over a decade’s worth of experience as a researcher and security practitioner, with a prior career as an intelligence and language analyst in the United States Navy. Jessica conducts research and manages projects on a range of topics including far-right extremism and terrorism, security policy, gender, and terrorism in the media and online. She is also an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT).

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Petra Regeni

Petra Regeni is a Research and Project Officer in the Terrorism and Conflict group at RUSI Europe, focusing on the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Policy Support programme. Prior to joining RUSI, she worked for the research and analysis department at Hedayah on VE/CVE-related projects and served as a capacity building and third-party M&E officer at Trust Consultancy in Gaziantep, Turkey. Petra holds a BA with Honours in Political Science from Dalhousie University, having also studied international security at the Australian National University, where her dissertation examined the fluctuating interpretation and operationalization of ‘jihad’ among radical Islamist groups and across time. She is also completing her MSc in International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology at the VU Amsterdam with a focus on terrorism and extremism.

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Claudia Wallner

Claudia Wallner is a RUSI Associate Fellow and was formerly a Research Fellow in RUSI’s Terrorism and Conflict research group. Her research focuses on preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE), including a multi-year project assessing the evidence base for P/CVE interventions in different thematic areas, as well as contributions to EU-funded P/CVE training and the EU Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Policy Support. Aside from her focus on P/CVE, Claudia is also conducting research on radicalisation and recruitment into violent extremism, with a particular focus on far-right extremism and terrorism.

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Rachel Kowert

Dr. Rachel Kowert is a research psychologist and the Research Director of Take This. She is a world-renowned researcher on the uses and effects of digital games, including their impact on physical, social, and psychological well-being. An award-winning author, she has published a variety of books and scientific articles relating to the psychology of games and, more recently, the relationship between games and mental health specifically. In 2021, Dr. Kowert was chosen as a member of The Game Awards Future Class, representing the best and brightest of the future of video games.

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Linda Schlegel

Linda Schlegel is a PhD student at the Goethe University Frankfurt and a Research Fellow at modus zaD in Berlin. Her research focuses on the nexus between gaming and extremism, gamification, the use of gaming content in P/CVE projects, and storytelling in narrative campaigns against extremism. She has published multiple articles on gaming and (counter-) extremism, including for the Radicalization Awareness Network, GNET, and academic journals.

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Suraj Lakhani

Dr. Suraj Lakhani is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Sussex. He also holds the roles of Research Fellow at VoxPol, Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, and Core Member of the Extremism and Gaming Research Network. His research interests include the sociology of terrorism, (violent) extremism and the internet, radicalisation, violent extremism and video-gaming, and counter-terrorism policy. He has published a number of peer reviewed journal articles in internationally recognised academic publications, including Critical Studies on Terrorism, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, and The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, amongst others. He also has a number of book chapters in edited collections. Suraj has acted as primary investigator, both individually and leading recognised international consortiums consisting of a number of renowned world-leading experts on terrorism, on research projects funded by, for example, the Home Office, European Commission, Research England, ESRC, British Academy, and the Leverhulme Trust.

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Erin Saltman

Dr. Erin Saltman is the Director of Programming at the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). She was formerly Facebook’s Head of Counterterrorism and Dangerous Organizations Policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa; working with multi-sector stakeholders and building out CVE programs for Facebook in partnership with international NGOs. Dr Saltman’s background and expertise includes both far-right and Islamist extremist processes of radicalization within a range of regional and socio-political contexts. Her research and publications have focused on the evolving nature of online extremism and terrorism, gender dynamics within violent extremist organizations and youth radicalization. Previous roles include Senior Research and Programs positions at Quilliam Foundation and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD Global), where she remains a Research Fellow.

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Jacob Davey

Jacob Davey is Head of Research & Policy for Far-right and Hate Movements at ISD. Jacob has managed projects focusing on online hate speech, the international far-right and political violence. He has led a number of projects piloting novel models for identifying extremist conversation and hate speech online, including analysis tracking hate groups in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia, and is currently leading a major programme of work mitigating hate threats in the US. He has advised national and local policymakers on right-wing extremism, including the Home Affairs Select Committee and the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament. Jacob has managed and co-authored numerous ISD reports including Between Conspiracy and Extremism: A Long COVID Threat?, ISD’s Gaming and Extremism Series, and A Safe Space to Hate: White Supremacist Mobilisation on Telegram.
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Ashton Kingdon

Dr. Ashton Kingdon is a lecturer in criminology as the University of Southampton. Her research is interdisciplinary combining criminology, history, and computer science to explore the ways in which technology and imagery act as accelerators of radicalisation. Additionally her research analyses the relationship existing between terrorism and climate change.

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Katie Passey

Katie works on the design and delivery of digital counter-messaging and intervention projects at Moonshot, specialising in the monitoring and evaluation of online at-risk user activity. Her work includes both the violent far right and Islamism across a wide range of geographical regions including North America, Europe and Asia.

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Jared Shurin

Jared has worked in strategic communications for over twenty years, helping solve the complex challenges faced by governments, multi-laterals, civil society organisations and iconic brands. His favorite game remains Diablo 3.
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Scott Johnson

Scott is the Tech Lead at the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). Scott worked for over fifteen years in the technology industry for a variety of companies and in various roles including software engineering, systems and data analysis, and product development management. As an engineer, Scott designed and delivered backend systems, microservices and APIs, developer infrastructure, and platform integrations. Scott specializes in applied research on the intersection of technology, social knowledge, and collective behavior. Scott is a graduate of The College of William & Mary (B.S. in Computer Science) and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Library and Information Science at the University of Washington with a focus on understanding the information science of disinformation and extremism.

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Nusrat Farooq

Nusrat is the Technology and Programs Associate at the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). She has worked as a Lead Research Assistant, under Professor Tamar Mitts, at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University. She’s also worked as a Consultant to the World Bank, New America Foundation and UNICEF-India. Before completing her Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Nusrat worked as a Project Manager at India Institute, a non-profit think tank in India. She is an alumna of International Academy for Leadership-Germany and a core member of Women’s Regional Network-India.

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Menso Hartgers

Menso Hartgers is a junior research fellow and project officer with the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), a think-and-do tank based in The Hague, the Netherlands. ICCT provides research policy advice, training, and other solutions to support better counter-terrorism policies and practices worldwide. As a researcher, Menso supports ICCT’s programmatic activities in the field of online P/CVE, technology, and specifically extremism in gaming spaces. He also works as a coordinator with the Radicalisation Awareness Network Policy Support, and is in charge of the coordination and organization of the network’s capacity-building and knowledge-sharing activities and events.
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Ashley Mattheis

Dr. Ashley A. Mattheis is a scholar of communication. Her work brings together cultural studies, media studies, and visual rhetorical criticism, through the lens of feminist theory to explore the material effects of cultural production and consumption online. Her areas of inquiry include the digital cultures of the ‘Momosphere,’ the Alt-Right, the ‘Manosphere,’ and #Tradwives with a goal of better understanding how gendered logics are used to promote racial hate, discrimination, and to promote violence. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Joshua Skoczylis

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Alex Newhouse

Alex is the Deputy Director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism. He is a specialist in the study of far-right extremism, with a particular focus on understanding and mitigating the presence of extremists on the Internet. Alex has a background in the video game and tech industries, and he worked for several years as a reporter for GameSpot. He holds an MS in Analytics from Georgia Tech, an MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and a BA in English and Political Science from Middlebury College.
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Marc-André Argentino​

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Broderick McDonald

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Orso Gardin

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Robin O'Luanaigh

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Rachel Fielden

Rachel is an International Project Manager at Moonshot where she oversees projects in Indonesia. Rachel works to build impactful and sustainable mechanisms to prevent intolerance, violent extremism and disinformation online. In these efforts, Rachel and her team designed and developed gamified inoculation tools to deliver media literacy to audiences in Indonesia. The game, called Gali Fakta, has since been awarded a bronze Webby award and second place in the U.S-Paris Tech Challenge.

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Elizabeth Newbury

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Christopher Stewart​

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William Allchorn

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Nauval El Ghifari

Nauval El Ghifari has two years of experience in research and publishing roles, and worked with organizations like LP3ES, MAARIF Institute, DASPR, and I-KHub BNPT. He is currently a contributing writer at K-Hub PVE Community/Peace Generation Indonesia. During his tenure, his responsibilities included extensive research on violent extremism and terrorism in Indonesia, covering the historical evolution from NII and JI to Pro-ISIS Groups. This research significantly contributed to the development of a guidebook by DASPR, intended to provide community advisors in the rehabilitation of individuals impacted by terrorism.

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Mariana Ribeiro de Souza

Mariana is a Senior Campaign Director and Head of Office at Purpose Brazil. She bring over a decade of experience working on urgent social and environmental issues, collaborating with philanthropic organizations, multilateral agencies, corporations, NGOs, faith groups, grassroots networks, activists, and filmmakers from across the globe. Her expertise lies at the intersection of strategic comms, movement building, and storytelling, with a steadfast commitment to amplifying marginalized voices and driving tangible, mensurable change on both a global and hyperlocal scale. She is the principal of LIGA (Laboratório de Impacto Gamer or Gamer Lab), an initiative created by Purpose Brazil in 2022 to occupy the social spaces of gamer cultures in order to promote social participation and combat the advance of extremism. 

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Elisa Orofino

Elisa is Senior Research Fellow at PIER (The Policing Institute for the Eastern Region at Anglia Ruskin University), where she leads research on extremism and counter-terrorism. Elisa’s research focuses on the liminality between vocal and non-violent extremism and she is currently working on three main areas: extremism in the online space; the shift from vocal extremists to terror offenders in the UK; and the commonalities across different expressions of extremism. Elisa has published extensively on these topics. She is the author of Hizb Ut-Tahrir and the Caliphate (London: Routledge, 2020), editor of the first Routledge Handbook on Non-Violent Extremism (London: Routledge ,2023) and a variety of journal articles, book chapters and research papers.

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George Weiss

George is the founder and CEO of Radio La Benevolencija Humanitarian Tools Foundation (“RLB”), an organization that sets up media projects to teach populations to resist hate speech and incitement to identity-based violence. RLB is one of the first to use long-duration nation-wide broadcast campaigns to mass audiences for the purpose of a citizen “inoculation” against scapegoating and propaganda, as well as teaching trauma healing techniques to wounded populations. Based on Weiss’ experiences working for La Benevolencija Sarajevo, a unique local NGO during the Bosnia War of 1992-95, RLB’s work promotes an agenda of sanity, empathy and mutual help among minorities and individuals who are target of hate speech- and those who want to protect them.

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Jelle Postma

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Kristin McGuffie

Kristin is a researcher of violent extremism and disinformation. Her current work focuses on how technology can be leveraged online to mitigate global harms. Within the technology industry, she has worked on cross-functional teams to build and refine natural language processing models within Trust & Safety. Formerly the Deputy Director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, her research within academia centered around violent and radicalizing discourse in online spaces, nefarious use of generative AI, and targeted community-based interventions that prevent the spread of extremist violence and ideologies.
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Chris Simpson

Chris is a Digital Police Community Support Officer at North Yorkshire Police in the UK. He has 15 years of community policing, and his current role is centred around using digital technology to engage with communities within North Yorkshire, and supporting early intervention and prevention, problem solving and safeguarding the vulnerable. Chris is also a keen gamer and been gaming for over 30 years, he has managed to combine his love for gaming and his role within North Yorkshire Police to produce and implement his idea of ‘Cops v Kids Esports’. The idea of which is to use esports as a way of engaging with children and young people and potentially vulnerable adults.

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Dennis Walkenhorst​

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Mara Miano

Mara is a senior threat intelligence analyst leading research activities for Fortune 50 companies, covering novel abuse in violent extremism, disinformation, fraud, and cyber threats. She has experience in field work and law enforcement intelligence operations, and have built a track record of successful Proof of Concept ops for clients in the US, Europe and APAC, in Fortune 50 tech, energy, government, defense, engineering, urban development, banking, and fintech.
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Mike Pappas

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Luxinaree Bunmathong​

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Mick Prinz

Mick is the project manager of Good Gaming – Well Played Democracy. After studying social sciences, he started working at the Amadeu Antonio Foundation in Berlin. His main focus is the instrumentalization of German gaming spaces by the far right. Apart from that, he is interested in how narratives are utilized in video games and loves creative open world designs.

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Olivier Cauberghs

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Liram Koblentz-Stenzler

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Kye Allen

Kye is a doctoral candidate in International Relations (IR) at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and a commissioning editor with the online platform E-International Relations. His research interests are centred on the history of Anglo-American fascist international thought, alongside the intersection between modern media technology, contemporary strands of far-right extremism, and conspiracy theories. Kye has taught subjects in IR and peace and conflict studies at the University of Oxford and Queensland, and he was previously involved in delivering the Massive Open Online Course, ‘Global Media, War, and Technology’. Among other outlets, his research has appeared in the Oxford Political Review, GNET, and such peer-reviewed journals as Millennium: Journal of International Studies and Global Studies Quarterly.
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Dan Panneton

Dan Panneton is the Director of Allyship and Community Engagement at FSWC, where he works on policy, advocacy, and allyship. He holds masters degrees in History from Queen’s University and Museum Studies from the University of Toronto and brings experience as a historian and anti-hate researcher to the position. Dan is on the Board of Directors at the Toronto Ward Museum, was the recipient of the Ontario Historical Society’s 2018 Public Programming Award, and led the creation of the Government of Canada Anti-Racism Action Program funded resource Hatepedia at the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre. He speaks regularly on issues related to Holocaust memory, online hate, antisemitism, and extremism, and his writing has appeared in outlets like The Atlantic, The Globe and Mail, and The Walrus.

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Constance Steinkuehler

Dr. Constance Steinkuehler is a Professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine where she researches culture, cognition, and learning in the context of multiplayer online videogames. She is an ADL Belfer Fellow, Chair of UCI’s Game Design and Interactive Media Program, and Co-Director of the Games+Learning+Society (GLS) Center. She teaches courses on games and society, games as social platforms, research methods, and visual design. Her current projects include investigations of toxicity and extremism in online games, an audit of game company policies related to player-vs-player behavior, and reasoning with misinformation.

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Nick Robinson

Nick Robinson is Associate Professor in Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds. He has been researching videogames for over a decade. His initial research explores the production, circulation, content and implications of military games. His more recent research challenges conventional accounts of the linkage between extremism and videogames which tends to focus excessively on terrorists usage of videogames. Presently, he is exploring how ‘everyday extremism’ (frequently dismissed as ‘banter’ or in ‘playful’ terms) manifests itself within the content of games and in the conduct of players within gaming spaces.
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James Williams

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Kesa White

Kesa White is an analyst at TikTok USDS. Prior to working in the tech field, Ms.White worked at the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL). Kesa’s research primarily focuses on violent far-right extremism, hate, and content moderation. Kesa received her B.A. degree in International Studies with a concentration in Foreign Policy and National Security and M.S. degree in Terrorism and Homeland Security from American University. 

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Charlotte Kathe

Charlotte manages data insight projects at Moonshot, specialising in the mapping and analysis of extremist ecosystems online. The design of new methodologies and use of emerging technologies to increase our understanding of these spaces are a core part of her work. Her projects focus on right-wing extremism, Hindu nationalist extremism and inceldom across a number of different geographies.
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Morgan Finnsiö

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Caroline Thomas

Caroline Thomas is an independent consultant and trainer, including for the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism. She delivers capacity building for governments and civil society with a focus on community-based prevention of violent extremism and participatory monitoring, evaluation and learning.
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Constantin Winkler

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Matthias Heider

Matthias Heider is a media scientist at the IDZ-Jena. He is researching right-wing extremist radicalisation on gaming platforms and the possible use of civil society expertise in prevention work as part of the “RadiGaMe” network.

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Andrea Salvatorelli

Andrea is an aspiring cybersecurity analyst with a deep passion for the gaming industry. After obtaining a Bachelor degree in Communication for Business and Commerce in 2022, he pursued a Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking Bootcamp at TalentGarden Italy, which focused on network security assessment, web application security testing, malware analysis, computer forensics, incident response, and offensive cybersecurity techniques.

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Lars Wiegold

Lars Wiegold is a researcher at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), where his primary focus lies in examining online right-wing extremism and Islamist activities within the digital realm. Drawing from his past experience as a practitioner in Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE), he harbors a keen interest in the evolution of P/CVE strategies within gaming environments. He is an active member of the RadiGaMe Network.
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Mehmet Sevinçli

Mehmet Can Sevinçli is a Ph.D. candidate in social psychology at Hacettepe University and working as a lecturer for three years at Hitit University, Turkiye. His current research interests focus on digital games, particularly toxic behavior in competitive video games such as League of Legends (LoL) or Defense of the Ancients (DotA 2). He is also highly motivated to conduct cultural research examining on social behavior in competitive video games.
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Joshua Bowes

Joshua Bowes is a Research Associate with Washington, D.C.-based futures think tank South Asia Foresight Network, under The Millennium Project. Joshua focuses on political conflict, violent extremism, extremism in cyberspace and the confluence of technology and extremism.

Institutional Members

Our institutional members are formal organizations, non-profits, companies, agencies, and other legal entities that engage actively in the EGRN outputs and activities.

Student Members

Our student members are current students of higher education institutions  (undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral) who engage in EGRN outputs and activities.

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Khaoula El Khalil​

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Isabel Garcia

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Lucas Samuel

Lucas Samuel is a London-based student with a research interest in the far-right, radicalisation in online gaming forums, and understanding the exploitation of science fiction for far-right messaging. Lucas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy, and Law from the University of Warwick and is currently undertaking an MA in Intelligence & International Security at King’s College London. Outside of this, Lucas has an interest in wargaming and game design.
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Megan Munoz

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Sara Morrell

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Thomas Walling

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Cadenza Johnston

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Jonathan Suseno Sarwono

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Josephine Fefer

Network Supporters

Our supporters are organizations interested in the research and activities of the EGRN, which may have a complementary or enabling role in the Network while not engaging in day-to-day outputs and activities.