Reader’s Digest – 1 April 2022

Our weekly review of articles on terrorist and violent extremist use of the internet, counterterrorism, digital rights, and tech policy.


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The Tech Against Terrorism Podcast


Tech Against Terrorism Updates

  • This week, Tech Against Terrorism’s Head of Policy and Research, Jacob Berntsson, presented at the George Washington University Program on Extremism’s webinar, “The State of Online Terrorist and Extremist Content Removal Policy in the United States.” You can watch a recording here.
  • Anne Craanen, Tech Against Terrorism’s Senior Research Analyst, presented at the 5th StratCom Seminar of the Club of Venice on hybrid threats and the role of the Terrorist Content Analytics Platform in countering terrorist use of the internet.
     
  • Our Executive Director Adam Hadley spoke to Der Spiegel about our investigations into the Wagner Group and its links to neo-Nazi movements. You can read the article in German here.

Top Stories

  • Denmark’s Security and Intelligence Service has designated pandemic-related “anti-governmental extremism” as a terrorist threat.
     
  • The Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has urged the US to re-designate the Houthis as a terrorist group pursuant to the UN Security Council Resolution 2624.
     
  • Russia has blocked access to Google News in the country, the latest major service to be blocked by Russia’s telecom regulator Roskomnadzor.

    Tech Against Terrorism has recently updated its analysis of the online regulation landscape in Russia here.
     
  • The Islamic State has published a statement claiming two fighters representing the “Islamic State in Palestine” carried out an attack resulting in the death of two police officers and the injury of others in Israel.
     
  • The Government of Canada has announced the creation of a new expert advisory group on online safety as the next step in developing legislation to address harmful online content, including terrorist content.

    Tech Against Terrorism has recently updated its analysis of the online regulation landscape in Canada. You can access the blog post here
     
  • In nuclear talks between Iran and the US, Iran is insisting on the US’s reversal of its designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) before a compromise is reached.

Tech Policy

  • House Republicans Target Social Media Harbor Terrorist Groups. A new piece of legislation, the No Publicity for Terrorists Act, is being put forth by US House Republicans. The bill would amend federal law to mandate that social media companies police their platforms and remove any account promoting extremist rhetoric. The account or accounts promoting extremist rhetoric would have to be removed within 24 hours of being discovered or face a 50,000 USD civil fine. The legislation would be aimed primarily at larger social media platforms, however, with Democrats in control of the House, it is unlikely the bill will advance. (Peter Malbin, NewsMax, 29.03.2022). 

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