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Zentrum Technik und GesellschaftPANDORA - Propaganda, radicalisation and mobilisation towards violence in social media and reality

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PANDORA – Propaganda, mobilisation and radicalisation towards violence in social media and reality

Subproject: Semantic and interactive patterns of radicalization and mobilization processes on violence in social media

Sub-project leader

Scientific Staff

Student Assistant

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Government-funded by Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) as part of the disclosure: „Zivile Sicherheit – Aspekte und Maßnahmen der Terrorismusbekämpfung“.


March 2017 – February 2020

Cooperation Partners

Project partners:

  • Phillips-Universität Marburg
  • Leibniz-Institut Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (HSFK), Frankfurt am Main
  • Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
  • Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg (IFSH)
  • Munich Innovation Labs UG

Associated partners:

  • Bundeskriminalamt (BKA)
  • Landeskriminalamt Niedersachsen
  • Landeskriminalamt Baden-Württemberg
  • Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Bonn Bundesministerium für Familien, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ)
  • Kompetenzzentrum zur Koordinierung des Präventionsnetzwerks gegen Extremismus in Baden-Württemberg (KPEBW)
  • Arbeiterwohlfahrt, Landesverband Sachsen-Anhalt e.V.

Project Description

The collaborative project analyses dynamics of radicalisation and mobilisation towards violence in social media in the field of Salafism/Jihadism as well as right-wing populism/extremism. Aim of the sub-project of ZTG is to identify semantic and interactive patterns in online postings and virtual interactions for different stages of radicalization. Based on the results, indicators will be developed as well as a monitoring-model that enables to detect and analyse online radicalization. The model will be made available to end users from both civil society as well as security authorities.

Social media are becoming increasingly a place for the unfolding of social and political conflicts. Actors with an extremist background use social media as a propaganda platform, including calls to violence. These processes can be observed not only in social media, but also in the ‚real world‘. However, the impact of online propaganda on processes in the ‚real world‘ have not yet been investigated in research.

The subproject of the ZTG is based on the conceptualisation of radicalization as psycho-social processes of individual transformation. In this perspective the project analyses the development processes of individual actors in social media, taking into account discursive contexts and situational factors. Qualitative methods of data analysis will be used, as well as methods of quantitative linguistics.

Project results

On 23.02.2020, the final conference of the joint project PANDORA took place at the University of Marburg.

Together with Munich Innovation Labs, the first results of the text classifiers for the phenomenon area of online Islamism were presented (presentation).  

A project film with short synopses of the results is also available, as well as the anthology of the PANDORA project, which can also be accessed online

The BMBF joint project PANDORA is participating in a new blog series on 'Radicalisation, Social Media and Prevention'. The blog can be found under the following link:



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