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G8 on Countering Online Radicalisation

15/07/2009

The Lift sends word of the G8′s Declaration on Counter Terrorism [pdf] which contains the following passages on radicalisation and the internet:

An increase in radicalization leading to violence, especially among some vulnerable individuals in our communities, is a source of serious concern to us all.  The main goal of terrorists is not only to spread fear and sow the seeds of instability, but also to undermine the basic values of our societies.  Special attention must be paid to the abuses by terrorist organizations of both modern and more traditional means of public communication for propaganda and recruitment purposes.  In particular, the internet is widely exploited by terrorists to disseminate their radical messages and to plan and facilitate violent acts.  We must increase our understanding of the way in which terrorists use these methods of communication, and increase collaboration on countering such abuses.

Therefore, while we stress the fundamental importance of disrupting and prosecuting terrorists, we are convinced that in the long term the most effective response to their criminal strategy remains the promotion of democracy, human rights, the rule of law and equitable social conditions.  We are committed to continue promoting a culture of dialogue, inclusiveness, and full respect for diversity – particularly with younger generations – which represents the most effective response to counter those who incite hatred for their violent purposes [my italics].

I thought this was worth passing on given the positive noises coming out of Australia that I mentioned on Monday.