Efforts to counter violent extremism online have had profound repercussions for the media and have given rise to new models of internet governance based on public-private partnerships and greater coordination among tech firms. From the use of social media by ISIS to the creation of the GIFCT’s shared industry hash database of terrorist and far right content to the Christchurch Call, eradicating terrorism and extremism from the internet has become a global priority. But there are often unintended consequences on human rights and few policymakers have grappled with the tradeoffs that will have to be made.
I delved into these issues with colleagues from the Christchurch Call in Tech Policy Press‘s weekly podcast, The Sunday Show, in an episode appropriately titled Countering Hate Speech and Extremism Online. But we’ve been talking about these issues for years. At the Global Forum for Media Development’s Grand Debate, we discussed several elements of the debate, including the insights drawn from me report on media development and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE).