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UK touts way to block ISIS propaganda appear online

File photo – a member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)

The british government is the use of machine learning to the control of jihadist content even before it appears online.

The officials of the british Government, the Home Office have been working with the London-based ASI Data Science is the development of the technology, which uses machine learning to detect online terrorist propaganda. Tests have shown that the new tool can automatically detect 94 percent of the Islamic State propaganda with 99.995% accuracy, according to a Home Office statement. And that is crucial, the tool can be integrated in the upload process, officials say, a bold step that could prevent terrorist propaganda reach of the internet.

The tool, which works on any platform, makes use of advanced machine learning study video-audio and visual effects to recognize of the ISIS propaganda. Trained with the help of more than 1,000 ISIS videos, the tool can work on a wide variety of video streaming and download sites, the ministry of home affairs said.

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“The purpose of these videos to turn to violence in our communities, recruiting people for their cause, and try to spread fear in our society,” said Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who is currently on a visit to Silicon Valley, in the state. “We know that the automated technology such as this can seriously disrupt the terrorist actions, as well as to prevent people from ever being exposed to these horrific images.”

Rudd will appear with her U.S. counterpart, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, on a Digital Forum event on Tuesday.

While Silicon Valley heavyweights like Facebook and Google, owner of YouTube, is rising their tech fight against terrorist content, the united kingdom, says that smaller platforms are increasingly the target of ISIS and would be especially in favor of the block of the tool. In particular, ISIS is the use of Instagram, owned by Facebook for sharing the propaganda and the recruiting of new members.

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Charlie Winter, a senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence in London warned that the fight against ISIS online propaganda is an extremely difficult task.

“The software is not remotely close to the eradication of all #propaganda online, even if it works perfectly—it will only make it more difficult to access on the platforms that choose to use it,” he tweeted Tuesday.

3. First things first: the software will not come remotely close to the eradication of all #propaganda online, even if it works perfectly—it will only make it more difficult to access on the platforms that choose to use it.

— Charlie Winter (@charliewinter) February 13, 2018

However, Winter believes that the new tool is a step in the right direction. “If the software is as well as the ministry of home affairs says it is, certain aspects of the #IS propaganda would be much less accessible to the outside world, and that can only be a good thing,” he tweeted.

7. All that being said, if the software is as well as the ministry of home affairs says it is, certain aspects of the #IS propaganda would be much less accessible to the outside world, and that can only be a good thing.

— Charlie Winter (@charliewinter) February 13, 2018

The united kingdom has been heavily involved in the international efforts to clamp down on ISIS content. Last year, the British government under the direction of the formation of the Global Internet Forum battle against Terrorism, which emerged in the aftermath of the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack.

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“This government is taking the lead worldwide to ensure that the horrible terrorist content is wiped out,” said Rudd, in the statement. The Home Secretary’s knowledge with the Global Internet Forum to combat Terrorism during her Silicon Valley trip.

Recent research by the Home Office indicates that the followers of ISIS, also known as Daesh, has been used for more than 400 different platforms to push their propaganda in 2017. “Previous research has shown that the majority of links to Daesh propaganda spread, within 2 hours after the release, while a third of all links are distributed within the first hour,” said the Home Office, in its statement.

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