United Kingdom minister touts automated effort to combat extremism online

15 February, 2018, 07:17 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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"This government has been taking the lead worldwide in making sure that vile terrorist content is stamped out," she said.

According to them, numerous major tech companies have developed technology specific to their own platforms and have publicly reported on the difference this is making in their fight against terrorist content.

The British government has unveiled a tool that it says can block extremist content on the Internet with reasonable accuracy.

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Ms Rudd is visiting Silicon Valley this week, where she will meet with U.S. tech firms to discuss the new model as well as other means of tackling terrorist content online.

£600,000 worth of public funding was used to develop the tool in partnership with a London start-up, ASI Data Science. According to the Home Office, it automatically detects 94 percent of IS propaganda with 99.99 percent accuracy and will be made available to all internet platforms, particularly smaller sites such as Vimeo and pCloud, which have seen an increase in IS propaganda.

The manifesto also said they aim and force Internet companies into keep records on their customers' browsing histories and make conversations in encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp accessible to authorities. Rudd said she was keen for social media companies to adopt similar automated approaches to speed up the removal of terrorist content online. "This has to be in conjunction, though, of larger companies working with smaller companies".

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She discussed the new anti-terror tool on her visit during talks with internet service providers in the country as part of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which was launched previous year in the aftermath of the UK Parliament attack in March 2017. While tech giants have been developing their own technology to tackle the problem, smaller platforms are increasingly targeted by ISIL and often do not have the same level of resources to develop technology. Home Office research found Daesh supporters published material on 400 unique platforms in 2017, including 145 previously unused platforms between July and December alone.

However, the bigger challenge is predicting which parts of the internet the terrorists will use next.

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