September 19, 2019

IntelBrief: Regulating Content in an Age of Digital Terrorism 

FILE - Photo illustration, a person types on a laptop (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File).
  • Over the past decade, there has been a proliferation of terrorist propaganda on the Internet aimed at attracting potential recruits while striking fear in terrorists’ adversaries.
  • The aftermath of the Christchurch attack demonstrates how democracies have struggled with the implications—legal, moral, social—of removing and banning violent content.
  • Australia is just one example of a democratic government pushing to make progress against online hate and extremism.
  • Major online platforms still feature violent content and enforcement is inconsistent and sometimes seems arbitrary rather than targeted.