This week, the United States observed the first anniversary of the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. In this episode, we’re going to look at the extremist movement in the United States and how the media and technology environment plays a role in it.
We’re going to hear first from Jared Holt, a resident fellow at Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), who will walk us through the findings of his latest report, After the Insurrection: How Domestic Extremists Adapted and Evolved After the January 6 US Capitol Attack, which chronicles how the far right has reorganized and adjusted strategically since January 6 to position itself to continue the assault on our democracy.
And then, we’ll hear from Candace Rondeaux and Ben Dalton, who just completed a report with an interdisciplinary group of researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) and staff at New America titled Parler and the Road to the Capitol Attack: Investigating Alt-Tech Ties to January 6. The report looks closely at one social media platform that served as a 'hothouse' of activity leading up to and on January 6- and how the alternative social media ecosystem has evolved since that day.