Thursday, September 22, 2016

Washington Post engages debate with "Counter Extremism Project" to counter terror-promoting websites

Recently the Washington Post has covered the Counter Extremism Project” to deploy new technology to combat online extremism. The CEP seems to be predicated on technology that matches other content to items flagged by users as terror propaganda.

The Washington Post published an LTE today from the CTE in response to its Sept. 17 editorial, link.

There’s also a proposal, in the letters, that a non-profit foundation could develop a “seal of approval” for websites.  This seems to extend the concept of rating of websites now for security threats and with peer rating (MyWOT, which had developed back around 2006).  Sound a development could be “bad” for amateurism.

The idea of evaluating content for ideological exploitation reminds me of the reason why some authoritarian leaders (like Vladimir Putin) see media in terms of “propaganda” even today, and do not believe the “masses” can do their own thinking.  Donald Trump talks as if that is what he believes.

But some of the "plots" in the US (as with the NY-NJ plot this weekend) seem to involve offspring of immigrants who have become citizens. Radicalization seems to involve a lack of character, lack of cognition required to "make it" in our kind of world, and then recruitment and travel to the home country where culture is much more group or tribe oriented.

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