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Online Extremism in Bangladesh: Challenges and Ways Forward

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Bangladesh has witnessed an exponential increase in internet and social media penetration in the past year alone, with COVID-19 sending more and more people online. Unfortunately, international and domestic extremist actors have benefitted from and capitalised on this increased internet penetration. To better understand this phenomenon, we conducted an online mapping exercise to investigate the main extremist narratives deployed in Bangladesh in 2019 and 2020, and have provided a series of recommendations are provided for government, local authorities and civil society to help inform a more comprehensive response to these online harms.