As the White House grows more and more frustrated with the lack of success in countering propaganda by violent extremist groups, they’ve now asked for the help of major tech giants to assist in their efforts of making the internet harder for terror groups to use.
The White House and tech industry leaders from companies like Twitter, Facebook, Google and Apple met last Friday to discuss what can be done to make the Internet harder for terror groups to use for recruitment purposes and what can be done to prevent them from using tools like encryption to disguise their online activities.
The United States has grown frustrated that terror groups like the Islamic State & Al-Qaeda are able to use publicly available technology tools to build their online presence while hiding their activities from even the most advanced US intelligence agencies.
Key issues on the agenda for discussion include how to make it more challenging for terrorists to leverage the internet to recruit, radicalize and mobilize followers and how to make it harder for terrorists to use the internet to facilitate and operationalize attacks.
White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, stated, “The goal here is to find additional ways to work together to make it even harder for terrorists or criminals to find refuge in cyberspace.”
This renewed push comes just weeks after the horrific attack in San Bernardino, California, where a married couple supporting IS attacked individuals at a holiday office party resulting in numerous killings and injuries. Just days after that attack, Obama called upon the tech industry to “make it harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice.”