ELSE-FRENKEL-BRUNSWIK-INSTITUTE for Democracy Research in Saxony

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Documentation & Monitoring

Monitoring and Documentation of Antidemocratic Mobilization in Saxony

The monitoring and documentation of anti-democratically motivated incidents represents an essential pillar of the research activities of the Else Frenkel Brunswik Institute (EFBI).

At the latest since the uncovering of the murder series of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) and the resulting failure of the state security authorities, the need for independent and scientifically reliable democracy monitoring has become clear. Such monitoring cannot be carried out to a sufficient extent by state authorities - such as the federal and state offices for the protection of the constitution and the police state security service - due in part to reasons of secrecy. In addition, the sensitivity of state authorities to anti-democratic activities as well as attacks based on an ideology of inequality has also been frequently criticized by civil society.

For this reason, the monitoring and documentation of antidemocratic incidents in Saxony represent an essential pillar of the Else Frenkel Brunswik Institute's research activities, along with attitude research, socio-spatial research in local conflict spaces, and psychosocial counseling.


The aim of monitoring anti-democratic mobilization on the Internet is to record and observe networks and structures on the Net and to keep a constant eye on the connections and issue-setting of authoritarian and anti-democratic actors. The focus is on Saxon actors and activities in Saxony. The findings of the monitoring will be made available to local decision-makers and civil society initiatives. The public will also be informed about developments and focal points of anti-democratic mobilization through publications and media reports. On the other hand, qualitative and quantitative research projects are to be made possible on this data basis.

Of particular interest are relevant structures both within social media platforms, image boards and instant messenger services as well as within gaming platforms and live streaming services. This monitoring is conducted in cooperation with the Amadeu Antonio Foundation (AAS).


In addition to Internet monitoring, efforts, incidents and actions of Saxon actors of the extreme right will be documented and analyzed. On the one hand, findings of civil society actors will be collected and sorted, on the other hand, already existing perspectives will be supplemented where an additional focus is necessary or blind spots can be identified. This documentation includes, among other things, concerts of the neo-Nazi scene, demonstrations with the participation of anti-democratic actors, meeting places of anti-democratic actors, crimes with an anti-human background and political actions with anti-democratic content or intentions. Saxon civil society and local authorities are informed at regular intervals about the results of the documentation, which are not least integrated into the research projects of EFBI. Publications and media contributions also regularly inform the interested public about the aforementioned topics.