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United Kingdom could make extremist content blocker compulsory

15 February 2018, 07:18 | Frank Carlson

Britain partners with AI startup to bracket extremist content

ISIS fighters

The new software, developed by London-based data science firm ASI on behalf of the British government, can identify and block 94 percent of IS propaganda video with 99.99 accuracy, according to British Home Secretary Amber Rudd here on Tuesday.

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

Ms. Rudd is now visiting the U.S.to meet tech companies and discuss the idea, as well as push other ideas aimed at tackling extremism.

The manifesto also said they aim and force Internet companies into keep records on their customers' browsing histories and make conversations in encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp accessible to authorities.

Similar tools in the past have been heavily criticised by advocates of an "open" internet, saying such efforts can produce false positives - and that means content that is not particularly problematic ends up being taken down or blocked. However, in simple terms, it is an algorithm that draws on characteristics typical of IS and its online activity.

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Rudd told the BBC the tool demonstrated that the government's request for a stricter examination of extremist content was not an unreasonable one.

"It's a very convincing example of the fact that you can have the information you need to make sure this material doesn't go online in the first place", she told the BBC. The system - as yet unnamed - was unveiled by Home Secretary Amber Rudd and cost £600,000, paid for with public funds, and has been created to detect jihadist content. There are tools out there that can do exactly what we're asking for. "We're not going to rule out taking legislative action if we need to do it", Rudd warned.

The system is to be made available to smaller companies, as the government says that these are increasingly being targeted by extremists to publish propaganda.

She discussed the new anti-terror tool on her visit during talks with internet service providers in the country as part of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which was launched a year ago in the aftermath of the UK Parliament attack in March 2017.

Separately, new Home Office analysis revealed that ISIS supporters used more than 400 unique online platforms to push out their poisonous material in 2017, highlighting the importance of technology that can be applied across different platforms.



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