Digital Research Lead, Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism

Alex Newhouse is the Research Lead at CTEC, where he focuses on right-wing extremism, religious fundamentalism, online extremism and terrorism, and terrorist propaganda. In particular, he collects and leverages large-scale social data to understand how the communities, relationships, and language of extremists evolve.

Previously, he was an independent researcher and data analyst for CTEC. He also worked at Sony Interactive Entertainment (PlayStation) on the data governance team, working on data privacy compliance issues. Before that, he spent time fighting credit card and payments fraud on PlayStation’s fraud management team.

Prior to PlayStation, Alex spent time at Uber, analyzing and contributing to its responses to natural disasters and terrorist attacks. He also has experience as a journalist.

Alex has an MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Middlebury Institute, a BA in Political Science and English from Middlebury College, and is currently earning an MS in Analytics from Georgia Tech.

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Publications

Alex Newhouse, Kris McGuffie, and Jason Blazakis. “The Industrialization of Terrorist Propaganda.” Release Strategies and the Social Impacts of Language Models. October 2019.

Alex Newhouse. “From Classifieds to Crypto: How White Supremacist Groups Have Embraced Crowdfunding.” Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism. July 2019.

Alex Newhouse and Kris McGuffie. “Saving Face: Law Enforcement Must Recognize Pitfalls of Facial Recognition Technology.” The Hill. July 2019.

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