The virtual century has seen and will continue to see a shift in power from nations to individuals and their respective groups. Because of this shift, 21st century counter-terrorism efforts, must find effective methods to encourage proactive resistance to radical ideologies.
UK-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence released their report Countering Online Radicalisation: A Strategy for Action today: Political extremists and terrorists are increasingly using the internet as an instrument for radicalisation and recruitment. What can be done to counter their activities? Countering Online Radicalisation examines the different technical options for making ‘radical’ internet content unavailable, concluding that they all are either crude, expensive or counter-productive.It sets out a new, innovative strategy which goes beyond ‘pulling the plug’, developing concrete proposals aimed at: Deterring the producers of extremist materials Empowering users to self-regulate their online communities Reducing the appeal of extremist messages through education Promoting positive…