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Broderick McDonald

University of Oxford / Kings College London

Broderick McDonald is an Associate Fellow at Kings College London's International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and a doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford examining extremism, disinformation, and online harms. He previously served as a Special Advisor in Parliament and as a researcher with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Genocide Prevention. Prior to this, he was a Fellow with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and Executive Editor of the Cambridge International Law Journal. Broderick is an Associate Member of Chatham House, the Global Network on Extremism & Technology (GNET) and the Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN). Brody was recently named as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and is a Fellow with the Aspen Institute UK. His research spans the ideological spectrum and he has conducted fieldwork across the Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe. Within the Oxford Disinformation & Extremism Lab, he works on researcher safety training and monitoring emerging threats including Generative Artificial Intelligence, 3D Printing, and Drones.

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Research Interests

  • Extremism

  • Disinformation

  • Online Harms

  • Researcher Safety

  • State Influence Campaigns

  • Algorithmic Content Moderation

Recent Publications

The Wagner Group's Growing Shadow: Counter-Terrorism in the Sahel

United States Military Academy at West Point (Modern War Institute)

Broderick McDonald, Guy Fiennes


AI Content Moderation and Evasion Tactics on Social Media Platforms

Global Network on Extremism & Technology, Kings College London

Broderick McDonald


How Far Right Extremists Respond to Failed Predictions

Global Network on Extremism & Technology, Kings College London

Broderick McDonald

Research: Jihadist Salafist Extremism, Far Right Extremism, Misinformation, Disinformation, State Influence Operations, Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI), Scalable Content Moderation, Human Rights, Encryption, Alt Tech Platforms


Broderick frequently consults with start-ups, non-profits, and enterprise on red teaming new products and developing tailored trust & safety solutions.

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