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Big Tech release transparency report for the Global Internet Forum to Counter-Terrorism
Big Tech release transparency report for the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism
By Aditi Agrawal
On July 24, 2019, Facebook, YouTube, Microsoft and Twitter announced that they had introduced a new pillar to their the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT)— crisis response, released their first GIFCT Transparency Report, and added Pinterest and Dropbox as members. The four companies came together in June 2017 to form the GIFCT. The first workshop was held on August 1, 2017 in San Francisco.
Crisis response focussed on content incident protocol
This fourth strategy is a result of promises made in the Christchurch Call to Action, the GIFCT will introduce “joint content incident protocols for responding to emerging or active events” such as the terrorist attack in Christchurch. This will allow member companies to share, process, and act upon relevant information quickly and efficiently.
Features of the protocol:
Can be triggered by a real-world event involving murder or attempted murder of defenseless civilians or innocents.
Outlines steps that tech companies can take to respond quickly to an attack.
Companies will work together to categorize the type of incident and the anticipated level and degree of online impact.
Share intelligence and content with non-GIFCT companies and other stakeholders, as needed, by setting up formal channels of communication.
The other three strategies are:
Joint Tech Innovation: includes the Hash Sharing Consortium.
Knowledge Sharing: conducted 11 workshops around the world in partnership with Tech Against Terrorism; a workshop is scheduled to take place in Delhi in 2019.
Conducting and funding research: supports Global Research Network on Terrorism and Technology (GRNNT) which develops research and provides policy recommendations around the prevention of terrorist exploitation of technology; published 6 papers in 2019, and 6 more will be published by the end of 2019.