Tech Against Terrorism is a UN-mandated project to build capacity of tech companies prevent their platforms from exploitation by terrorists and violent extremists, while also respecting human rights. In the current phase of the project, the aims of the project are to provide operational support to companies via the tools thus establishing industry-led regulation Emerging Normative Framework under these three pillars:
ICT4Peace and the UN Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate are collaborating with Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube to support the recently-announced industry-led Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). Tech Against Terrorism is a project implemented by ICT4Peace pursuant to the United Nations Security Council resolution 2354 (2017) and the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Comprehensive International Framework to Counter Terrorist Narratives (S/2017/375).
In Phase 1 of the project, 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.
Conclusions from Phase 1:
Now in Phase 2, Tech Against Terrorism, works with smaller tech companies and 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.
Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT)
Tech Against Terrorism is partnering with the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, a forum set up by Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft set up the in May 2017. Tech Against Terrorism facilitates engagement within broad knowledge-sharing network to include stakeholders in government, tech and civil society. Under this mandate, Tech Against Terrorism is also leading on sharing best practices and tools between the GIFCT companies and smaller tech companies and startups.