Samantha North

Journalist
Samantha North is a journalist, content strategist and independent researcher. Her work focuses on violent extremism, soft power and online propaganda, particularly in relation to the Middle East and North Africa.

How Fake News Drives Public Opinion About Muslims

Jul 24, 2017

Images on social media play an important role in constructing fake news and driving the narratives that fulfil political agendas. Misinformation about Muslims — including refugees, immigrants and ordinary citizens — has been used to construct harmful narratives, reinforce existing Islamophobia and, arguably, create a fertile environment for enacting profound...

Can Google Search Data Help Solve Islamophobia?

Jul 15, 2017

Short of stealing people’s diaries or tapping their phone calls, what else can researchers do to gather the most objective data possible? For decades, social scientists have conducted research using some combination of surveys, census data, focus groups, interviews and observation techniques. With the exception of covert observation, which brings...

Forming the Digital Caliphate

Feb 21, 2017

Abdel Bari Atwan’s book is carefully researched and offers new insights into the Islamic State’s inner workings. The digital world has been a central feature of the Islamic State’s (IS) rise to power, driving much of its recruitment as well as building and maintaining its fearsome image. But the strategy behind...

False Perceptions of Muslims in the Age of Trump

Feb 01, 2017

The power of the online world must not be underestimated, particularly when examining how Muslims are viewed. Muslims living and working in the United States are being forced to reconsider their futures in light of Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. Citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries—Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Somalia—will...

How Did Turkey End Up Here?

Jul 18, 2016

As Turkey reels from last week’s failed coup, one-time Istanbul resident Samantha North reflects on how events have unfolded. It is sobering and painful to imagine bad fortune befalling those places you hold dear; to know that the streets that you once frequented and the bridges you once traversed have...

Defining Casablanca's Modern City Brand

Jun 13, 2016

The economic powerhouse of Morocco’s Casablanca is light years away from the image created in a Hollywood studio 70 years ago. Our story starts in 1942 with Europe in the midst of war. We find ourselves in the dusty North African outpost of Casablanca, where a motley assortment of refugees,...

How Digitally Popular is Your Country?

Dec 20, 2015

The time is ripe for governments to start monitoring their digital reputation just as they monitor it in the real world.   Since ancient times, places have always sought to define identities for themselves. From hosting sporting events or minting coins, to producing famed thinkers or becoming notorious in battle, these achievements...

Kobane: Global Solidarity, Domestic Blind Eye

Oct 09, 2014

International support for Kurds, especially the beleaguered people of Kobane, is at an all-time high. Across Turkey, the plight of Kobane — a Syrian border town — is on everyone’s mind. On October 7, thousands hit the streets to protest the Turkish government’s lack of action against the looming threat...

The Snipers of Damascus: Chinese Perspectives on Reporting the Syrian War

Dec 12, 2013

The Syrian conflict through the eyes of a Chinese war correspondent. Syria has been making headline news for over two years as the battle rages on between President Bashar al-Assad’s army and the increasingly fragmented bands of rebel fighters. Meanwhile, Libya, Egypt and other restive nations continue to grumble as...