Building capacity with startup technology companies andconnecting industry, government, and civil society
This is a project implemented by ICT4Peace Foundation for the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (UN CTED) pursuant to the United Nations Security Council resolution 2354 (2017) and the Counter-Terrorism Committee
Objectives of the project
In 2016 we held multi-stakeholder conferences in Zurich, Silicon Valley and Kuala Lumpur to deepen our understanding of how terrorists exploit the internet and technology services. This next phase of the project, Tech Against Terrorism, works with startups to provide operational support and build online tools to underpin long-term capacity growth.
This work feeds into our development of an online knowledge-sharing platform that will form a resource freely accessible to all organisations seeking help and guidance. All our work advocates the strengths of an industry-led, self-regulatory approach to tackling terrorist use of technology, and is informed by the emerging normative framework spearheaded by major technology companies. At the core of it all is a focus on respecting human rights and freedom of speech.
Phases of the TechAgainstTerrorism project
Inform the debate and understand requirements
Provide operational advice and know-how
Build online tools to help in the long term
ICT4Peace’s Adam Hadley and Daniel Stauffacher were recently invited to support the first Asia Dialogue on Information and Communication…
On 23-24 May 2017 David Cliff and Daniel Stauffacher of ICT4Peace were invited to participate in the 2017 OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism…
On 22 May 2017 Tech Against Terrorism participated in the VOX-Pol workshop on “Comparative approaches to understanding…
In many states, terrorists' use of internet technologies is currently a headline issue. In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks, political pressure is building for technology firms to explain more about what steps they are taking to combat terrorism and extremism on their platforms and for concrete results to emerge industry-led initiatives. To this end, TechAgainstTerrorism is directly mandated by the UN Security Council to engage with startups to help build operational capacity and inform the debate.
Together with the leading tech companies, our focus in 2017 is on building practical tools to help startups develop their responses whilst reinforcing the importance of human rights and protecting fundamental freedoms.
Online tools play an ever larger role in society
Social media and other content-sharing platforms are used by billions of people around the globe every day – the overwhelming majority of which is of harmless content. However, as the scale of the internet and web services continues to grow exponentially, so will the challenges faced by technology companies in tackling the use of their platforms by terrorists.
In the last 10 minutes…
In 2017 we are organising a series of global workshops and conferences. Through our workshops with Startups we will be carrying "needs assessments" to understand more about practical tools we can help build to support in the fight against terrorists using technology to further their aims.
Alongside the industry-led Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism we will also be arranging a series of workshops in which the leading technology companies will share emerging best practice to help startups improve their policies, systems, and processes.
Tech Against Terrorism launch(29 – 31 March) RightsCon, Brussels
EU Internet Forum workshop on online terrorist propagandaDublin, Ireland (11 May)
VOX-Pol extremism workshop(22 May) UCL, London, UK
OSCE Counter-Terrorism Conference 2017Vienna, Austria (23 – 24 May)
Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) 32nd Plenary Meeting(23 – 24 May) Strasbourg, France
UN CTED Asia DialogueJeju, Republic of Korea (29 – 30 May)
Berkman Center conference(Date TBC) Harvard University, USA
Europas Tech Startups AwardsLondon, UK (13 June)
Central Asia internet governance workshop(22 – 23 June) Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Terrorism and Social Media ConferenceSwansea University, UK (27 – 28 June)
Industry Forum event(Date TBC) Silicon Valley, USA
Tech Against Terrorism at Chatham HouseLondon, UK (12 July)
Industry Forum Terms of Service event(Date TBC) Stanford University, USA
Communicon Social Impact workshopLondon, UK (Date TBC)
Moscow startup outreach workshop(Date TBC) TBC, Moscow, Russia
Industry Forum Twitter eventTBC, London, UK (Date TBC)
Freedom Online Coalition Annual Conference(Date TBC) Location TBC
Global Conference on CyberSpaceIndia, location TBC (Date TBC)
Industry Forum Facebook event(Date TBC) TBC, London, UK
Launch of Tech Against Terrorism Knowledge-Sharing PlatformUnited Nations, New York City, USA (Date TBC)
Counter-narratives workshop(Date TBC) Geneva, Switzerland
Industry Forum Microsoft eventTBC, London, UK (Date TBC)
Industry Forum event(Date TBC) TBC, London, UK
ICT / counter-terrorism dialogueTunisia, location TBC (Date TBC)
World Internet Summit(Date TBC) Wuzhen, China
Industry Forum eventTBC, London, UK (Date TBC)
Our advisory group
This initiative is supported by leading technology companies and a range of startups, academic institutions, civil society, and inter-governmental organisations. The project is implemented by ICT4Peace Foundation for the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (UN CTED) pursuant to the United Nations Security Council resolution 2354 (2017) and the Counter-Terrorism Committee.
TechAgainstTerrorism launch at RightsCon
We launched Phase II of the project, TechAgainstTerrorism, at RightsCon in Brussels in March 2017.
Our report from Phase I of the project
This initiative builds on a first phase of strengthening dialogue on building trust held during 2016. The results of that effort were published and reported to the UN Security Council in the December 2016 document available in English, French, Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Arabic below.