The Home Office has launched a media blitz to soften us up for tighter Internet controls in the name of fighting terrorism. Yesterday saw media briefings about “cyber-Jihadist” Younes Tsouli, who was portrayed as running Al-Queda’s online presence from his flat in Shepherd’s Bush. Tsouli has already been convicted of incitement to commit acts of terrorism, but the media campaign led the BBC to conclude
Tsouli may be behind bars but the number of extremist websites is growing by the day. The fear is that the story of Terrorist 007 may have been a warning of a threat that is still out there and that is still growing.
It’s therefore no surprise to see the Home Secretary quoted by the BBC the following day saying she wants to
to use technology to stop “vulnerable people” being “groomed for violent extremism”.
The Home Secretary hinted that this she does indeed want to extend network level content blocking: Cleanfeed for terrorism:
“We need to work with internet service providers. We need to actually use some of the lessons we’ve learnt about how we, for example, protect children from paedophiles and grooming on the internet to inform the way in which we use it to prevent violent extremism and to tackle terrorism as well.”
Update: The Register is now drawing the same linkage between these stories.