U.K. Asks Tech Giants to Block Islamic Jihad on Internet
OccupyBawlStreet has asserted that “the reach of jihadists over the internet cannot be ignored”. Jihadist propaganda spreads like a virus over the internet and calls weak minded fools to join in jihad. The call to jihad may be answered with “lone wolf” attacks against the homeland or by joining fighters in the Mideast. The United Kingdom is trying to enhance collaboration between government and internet tech giants to suppress the spread of jihad via the internet:
The U.K. government is intensifying efforts to enlist the help of large technology companies such as Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. in combating extremist content online amid growing concerns about terrorist threats.
While the large technology companies have been generally cooperative, British officials say, thorny issues remain. Among them: what to do about material authorities consider extremist and want removed but that isn’t necessarily illegal, such as some videos of sermons by radical preachers or posts by extremists encouraging Westerners to join the fight in Syria.
But some specialists in counterterrorism question the effectiveness of governments increasing reliance on censorship and filtering to counter online extremism. Ghaffar Hussain, managing director of London think tank Quilliam Foundation, said such moves tend to be costly and potentially counterproductive. “To simply shut the debate down doesn’t allow any progress to be made on the counter-extremist front,” Mr. Hussain said. U.K. Seeks Help From Tech Firms in Combating Extremists Online By JENNY GROSS, LISA FLEISHER & SAM SCHECHNER, Wall Street Journal 10/23/14
“[S]uch moves tend to [are] costly and potentially counterproductive.” Id. How does one consider a cost-benefit analysis when one side of the equation is, just yesterday, a dead Canadian Soldier shot in the back by a cowardly dog? –Grizzly Joe