[Update] An event report is now available, together with an audio recording of the discussions. The panel discussed the threat of the spread of extremism via technology. They discussed how smaller tech companies can build practical tools and improve operational processes to monitor and remove extremist content. The event is organised to raise awareness of the Tech Against Terrorism project created by both the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UN CTED) and the ICT4Peace Foundation, Switzerland.
Chatham House and the ICT4Peace Foundation will organise a debate on 'Technology against terrorism: How to respond to the exploitation of the Internet', on 12 July 2017 (between 12.00 and 13.00 UTC), in London, the UK.
While larger technology companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft have developed an 'emerging normative framework' based on self-regulation, smaller technology companies often do not have the capacity to effectively anticipate, mitigate and disrupt the exploitation of their services. Even the smallest app is vulnerable to the spread of violent extremism and with this comes significant reputational and operational risk.
What has been the response from government, civil society, and technology companies following the recent terror attacks in the UK? And what are the major challenges faced by tech companies when trying to regulate and remove online content?
Participants in the event will include Nick Pickles, Head of Public Policy and Government, UK & Israel, Twitter; Erin Saltman, Policy Manager, EMEA Counter-Terrorism and CVE, Facebook; David Scharia, Director, Chief of Branch at CTED, United Nations Security Council; Ankur Vora, Public Policy Analyst, Google; Mariusz Zurawek, Owner, JustPaste.it, and Adam Hadley, Project Director, ICT4Peace (chair of the session).
For more details, visit the event webpage.