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US Dept. of Homeland Security funding nearly $700,000 for research into extremism in gaming – Effinate Games

A new report confirms that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded a $699,763 grant to study the link between gaming and extremism.

The money from DHS (via Deputy) will go to a joint venture between the Middlebury Institute’s Center on Terrorism, Extremism and Counterterrorism, Take This and Logically.

Take This is a non-profit organization that focuses on mental health in gaming, while Logically is a company whose goal is to solve the problem of bad online behavior.

The DHS announcement says the project will “develop a set of best practices and centralized resources for monitoring and evaluating extremist activities.” This will be done alongside creating training workshops for those working with games to detect and prevent “extremist exploitation”.

The gaming industry as a whole has already taken steps to combat “extremism” before DHS’s announcement. Examples include EA, Ubisoft and others joining the Anti-Defamation League to combat so-called right-wing extremism in games.

It also seems that the researchers behind this new project will target the same ideologies. Take This Research Director Dr. Rachel Kowert is working with CTECT Deputy Director Alex Newhouse on this case.

“From the initial work that Alex and I have done, it’s likely to lean toward white nationalism and white supremacy,” Kowert said.

What do you think about the US government putting money into looking into whether there is any connection between gaming and extremism? Sound off in the comments below!

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