Terrorism

Facebook expands its hate-fighting counterspeech initiative in Europe

 Facebook has launched a third counterspeech initiative in Europe, partnering with the not-for-profit Institute for Strategic Dialogue for the launch of the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI), which is aimed at tackling online extremism and hate speech. Read More

Google to ramp up AI efforts to ID extremism on YouTube

 Last week Facebook solicited help with what it dubbed “hard questions” — including how it should tackle the spread of terrorism propaganda on its platform. Yesterday Google followed suit with its own public pronouncement, via an op-ed in the FT newspaper, explaining how it’s ramping up measures to tackle extremist content. Read More

Germany Plans to Fingerprint Children and Spy on Personal Messages

The new law would affect children as young as six years old.

Apple hints it’s handed over metadata on UK terror suspects

 Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed the company has been co-operating with the UK government in handing over metadata in the wake of a series of terror attacks in the country — which he described as “horrendous”. Read More

We want to limit use of e2e encryption, confirms UK minister

 The UK government has once again amped up its attacks on tech platforms’ use of end-to-end encryption, and called for International co-operation to regulate the Internet so that it cannot be used as a “safe space” for extremists to communicate and spread propaganda online. Read More

Ariana Grande Brings Message of Defiance to Concert for Manchester Victims

The event was Ms. Grande’s first appearance since a suicide bombing at her May 22 concert at the Manchester Arena killed 22 people.

Books of The Times: A Former F.B.I. Agent on Terrorism Since the Death of Bin Laden

In “Anatomy of Terror,” Ali Soufan writes about how Al Qaeda and the Islamic State have evolved in recent years.

Books of The Times: A Former F.B.I. Agent on Terrorism Since the Death of Bin Laden

In “Anatomy of Terror,” Ali Soufan writes about how Al Qaeda and the Islamic State have evolved in recent years.

UK wants G7 to take collective action on online extremism

 The UK Prime Minister is using the annual G7 summit of seven of the world’s major industrialized democracies to push for more to be done about online extremism, including co-ordinating on ways to force social media platforms to be more pro-active about removing and reporting extremist content to authorities. Read More

Despite Security, Concerts Provide ‘Target-Rich’ Environments

Security consultants and music promoters look ahead to what measures can be taken after the Ariana Grande concert attack.

Review: In ‘Hell on Earth,’ Horrors From the Syrian War

The journalist Sebastian Junger and the documentarian Nick Quested examine the causes and repercussions of a brutal conflict.

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