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UK Government releases Counter-Extremism Strategy

Posted by malcolm on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 11:22

The UK government has published a new Counter-Extremism Strategy, which proposes a “close partnership” with the Internet industry to “limit access to extremist content online”.

The document calls for “greater use of filtering” to prevent access to “extremist ideologies”, but “without compromising the principle of an open internet”.

66. …we will go further to limit access to extremist content online. In particular we will:

  • create a group that brings industry, government and the public together to agree ways to limit access to terrorist and extremist content online without compromising the principle of an open internet. We will learn from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), which has been successful in tackling child sexual exploitation content online; and
  • continue to support greater use of filtering, working with industry to develop more effective approaches.

The Home Office presents the Internet Watch Foundation, the UK hotline for reporting and removing child sexual abuse content, as a model.

67. Communications service providers have a critical role in tackling extremist content online. We have seen the considerable progress they have made in tackling online Child Sexual Exploitation. We now look to them to step up their response to protect their users from online extremism. As the Prime Minister made clear in his July 2015 speech, ‘…it is now time for radicalisation’.

For more information, see: Counter-Extremism Strategy – GOV.UK

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