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The long peace is over but we don’t yet know what will come next. Andrew Kelly/Reuters

When terror goes viral it’s up to us to prevent chaos

Digital media has the power to inform, but it is also helping some to spread hate. Have we reached the tipping point between order and chaos at the global level?
One can’t accurately predict a rampage shooting based on exposure to violent video games or any other single factor. ScreenShots of Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare/Brother Games screenshot

Violent video games and real violence: there’s a link but it’s not so simple

There is agreement that violent video games lead to aggression. But one can't accurately predict a rampage shooting based on exposure to violent video games or any other single factor.
There are calls for Australia to focus on early intervention strategies to steer young people away from the path to radicalisation in the wake of events like the Nice attack. Reuters/Eric Gaillard

Calls for deradicalisation programs after Nice attack should be met with caution

The UK’s experience with its Prevent strategy over nearly a decade urges caution in how Australia should approach its own efforts to counter the threat of radicalisation.
Soldiers patrol on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

It’s time for us to admit we’re afraid of terrorism

The far right isn't afraid to admit to fear in the wake of brutal attacks like the one in Nice. More mainstream politicians would be wise to follow suit.
Idris Elba and Richard Madden in the terror thriller Bastille Day: the film has been pulled from French cinemas. Jessica Forde/StudioCanal

As life imitates art, how are we to read terror plots in film and TV?

The film Bastille Day – featuring a CIA agent trying to avert a terror attack in Paris – has been withdrawn from French cinemas after the tragedy in Nice. But what are we to make of Hollywood's fondness for these kinds of stories?
The heavy truck that was driven into a crowd at high speed killing scores on Bastille Day in Nice. Reuters/Eric Gaillard

Making sense of the local soldiers of the global jihad

The Bastille Day attack in Nice – committed by an individual unknown to French security services – marks the evolution of radicalisation in many ways.
A computer design for home manufacturing of a receiver, the trigger and firing part, of a semi-automatic rifle. simonov/flickr

3D printing: a new threat to gun control and security policy?

Beyond making guns at home, 3D printing could help countries secretly develop nuclear weapons and terrorists stage more effective attacks. How do we protect innovation and ourselves?
Nice, France July 15 2016. Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Nice attack: France’s social fabric frays

France’s military forces are evident at every tourist site in Paris. The question of how to guard against terrorist violence remains one of the insoluble problems of modern western societies.

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