The International Conference on Media and Conflict (ICMC) is a landmark academic initiative by the Government of Pakistan to highlight the role of communications in conflicts and violence regionally and globally. The conference, held annually since 2019, features national and internationally renowned academic scholars, senior journalists, government officials, communication experts and counter extremism specialists.

The conference showcases the latest research on media discourse on extremism, terrorism and violence from key global hotspots, and also assesses how conflict communications and strategies can be institutionalized for public policy, civil society and media platforms.

ICMC 2020

Violent Extremism and the Internet: Mapping the Present, Predicting the Future


The global violent extremist movement is evolving in a manner that few could have predicted. The nature of interconnectivity and discourse has become transnational, resulting in the spread of ideas and information exponentially on a global scale.


However this has also brought forth new challenges with regard to the spread of radical ideologies, militant communications, and extremist recruitment. As governments, social media platforms, and civil society struggle to cope with these challenges, it is imperative to conduct and share research to help identify key areas of intervention, develop strategies to tackle them, and assess any present and future trends for timely action.

Call for Papers ICMC 2020

In this regard ICMC 2020 is seeking panels and papers describing and discussing the latest research on current and future trends on the intersection of violent extremism and the internet.

Perspectives from academics and practitioners are welcome. Topics of interest may include:


  • Assessing countering violent extremism programs in the digital space
  • The nexus between online and offline extremism
  • Online extremism and the role of social media platforms
  • Youth, violent extremism and online content
  • Tackling online extremist content: Countering narratives and alternative narratives
  • Violent extremism and digital literacy: The role that families can play in preventing online radicalization
  • Extremist groups use of internet: Propaganda, radicalization and recruitment
  • Women/gender, violent extremism and online content
  • De-radicalisation and disengagement from online violent extremism
  • Religiously motivated online hate speech: Current trends, potential counter-strategies
  • Strategic communications and disrupting online extremism
  • Extremism vs. dissent: Public policy on engaging and otherization in online discourse
  • Public attitudes to violent extremism and/or terrorism and the Internet
  • Hybrid warfare, influence operations and regulation
  • Freedom of speech, privacy and ethical dimensions of tackling online extremism

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