Items tagged with terrorism

There have been almost six hundred terrorist attacks in 2017 alone. Facebook just released an outline of its latest methods to combat this threat by increasingly employing artificial intelligence and other high-tech techniques. Monika Bickert, Facebook's Director of Global Policy Management, and Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Policy Manager, remarked in their latest blog post, “We agree with those who say that social media should not be a place where terrorists have a voice. We want to be very clear how seriously we take this — keeping our community safe on Facebook is critical to our mission.”... Read more...
Every job has its risk, however, very few of us expect to be on a terrorist’s hit list. It was recently revealed that the information of over 1,000 content moderators was leaked thanks to a security flaw. The profiles of six Facebook content moderators in particular were considered “high priority” risks.  Although Facebook uses algorithms to monitor most of its content, the company still employs people to comb over content related to terrorist propaganda, extreme violence, and/or child pornography. Last year, Facebook discovered that “the names of certain people who work for Facebook to enforce... Read more...
France and Germany are just two of the countries that are pressing mobile messaging companies to provide access to encrypted content during terrorist investigations. Both countries have experienced a series of deadly attacks and have been struggling to intercept messages from the Islamic State. France and Germany have turned to the European Commission to help push through favorable legislation. Terrorists are increasingly using encrypted messaging services instead of social media. ISIS is a major user of such apps. Russian app Telegram has been particularly reluctant to cooperate with European... Read more...
While many of us were seeking out the hottest deals this weekend, the US government carried out the greatest reduction of its spying efforts since they were expanded-upon following the attacks of Sept 11, 2001. Adhering to a law passed some six months ago, the National Security Agency is no long allowed to blindly pull down phone records of millions of Americans, a move that's being considered a major win by privacy advocates. Effective immediately, if the NSA wants to gather phone data on a target, it must get a court order and work with phone carriers to enable monitoring, and only for up to... Read more...
Should cell phones, GPS devices and, heck, even cars be banned just because the bad guys use them?John Hanke, the man in charge of Google Earth and Google Maps, invoked those three pieces of modern technology in defense of his company's satellite imagery application, which has been blamed by some for helping terrorists plot their acts of destruction.A brief filed in Indian court in the investigation into the deadly November attacks in Mumbai cited cited Google Earth as having aided the terrorists who coordinated the series of 10 attacks. And The Jerusalem Post wrote about a Hamas documentary that... Read more...