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25
Jan

This Is How We Combat Terrorism With Internet Technology

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Social media is a huge part of our lives. It’s a platform that has limitless positive potential, but that same potential can be transformed into a bad tool when in the hands of people with bad intent. For better and for worse, everyone with a smartphone or computer has these powerful communication tools at their fingertips, and that includes terrorist organizations.

It’s extremely scary to think that terrorist organizations are finding ways to get their use of this very powerful communication tool. Some organizations have successfully been using social media as a recruitment tool. Governments have been having trouble getting a handle on it, but Jigsaw, a technology incubator created by Google, is joining in the war on terror to help fight online recruitment.

Jigsaw has come up with the solution called the “Redirect Method.” Whenever people search terrorist related terms online, the search will automatically redirect them to YouTube videos that are meant to educate and dissuade potential terrorist recruits.

Right now the Redirect Method is only being applied to the fight against ISIS, but the plan is to expand and stop other radical organizations intelligently, peacefully, and without any casualties.

Author : MICHAEL STEVENS

Source : http://www.vix.com/en/tech/526306/this-is-how-we-combat-terrorism-with-internet-technology

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