United Kingdom govt unveils software to counteract online extremism

United Kingdom govt unveils software to counteract online extremism

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has confirmed that the possibility of legally having tech firms use the tool is under consideration. "We know that automatic technology like this can heavily disrupt the terrorists' actions, as well as prevent people from ever being exposed to these horrific images", United Kingdom home secretary Amber Rudd said in reference to the new tool.

ASI Data Science said the software can be configured to detect 94% of IS video uploads.

The government in the United Kingdom has publicised its plans to roll out a tool that will be used in the detection of jihadist and extremist content, blocking it from being viewed.

Any content that the software is still unsure about would then be passed on for a human to review.

In Silicon Valley, the home secretary told the BBC the tool was made as a way to demonstrate that the government's demand for a clampdown on extremist activity was not unreasonable. "This has to be in conjunction, though, of larger companies working with smaller companies".

All five major United Kingdom terrorist attacks in 2017 had an "online component", Ms Rudd said, adding there was a need to prevent the material being uploaded online and radicalising people. It says that the system uses advanced machine learning to analyze the sound and visual components of videos for "subtle signals".

Rudd visited the United States to meet tech companies to discuss the idea, as well as other efforts to tackle extremism.

Facebook is one of the platforms the government has been pestering to do more to combat online extremism. In September 2017, European political leaders said heavy fines would be in order for companies that didn't remove extremist content fast enough. While tech giants have been developing their own technology to tackle the problem, smaller platforms are increasingly targeted by ISIL and often do not have the same level of resources to develop technology.

The government also faces a challenge in predicting which platforms terrorists will turn to next.

Last year, IS supporters in Britain used more than 400 separate online platforms for propaganda, according to British Home Office analysis.

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