The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism Gets Going Today

The founding companies will be joined by more than two-dozen other tech companies and NGOs, including Snap Inc.

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube teamed up to form the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism in June, and the group will hold its first workshop Tuesday in San Francisco.

Representatives from the tech industry, government and non-governmental organizations will gather and share information and best practices about taking on terrorist content online.

The GIFCT said it is building on the work it started within the EU Internet Forum and the shared industry hash database by fostering collaboration with smaller tech companies, civil society groups, academics and governments.

The founding companies will be joined in San Francisco by more than two-dozen other tech companies and NGOs, including Snapchat parent Snap Inc.

Also in attendance will be U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd, U.S. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and representatives from Australia, Canada, the European Union and the United Nations.

Tuesday’s meeting will focus on three strategies:

  • Employing and leveraging technology.
  • Sharing knowledge, information and best practices.
  • Conducting and funding research.

And in the next several months, the GIFCT aims to:

  • Get five additional companies to participate in the shared industry hash database for violent terrorist imagery.
  • Get 50 companies to share best practices for taking on terrorism via the Tech Against Terrorism project, in partnership with ICT4Peace and the U.N. Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate.
  • Conduct three additional workshops after Tuesday’s event in San Francisco.

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