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Google’s “head of ideas” said in a talk on Monday that the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) needs to be pushed off the open Web in order to sever its propaganda machine.

Speaking at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (aka Chatham House) in London, Jared Cohen, spoke about forcing ISIS into Tor—an open-source network used for anonymous communications—or the dark Web, where propagating its jihadist messages will be much more difficult than on public social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

“Success looks like ISIS being contained to the dark Web,” Cohen said.

Cohen, who oversees the Google Ideas department, which is creating tools to stop hackers and digital attackers, compared ISIS’s social media approach to email spammers. He said ISIS’s social media army is heavily bloated with fake accounts, giving the illusion that its legion of online supporters is bigger than they actually are.

“ISIS is the first terrorist organization to occupy and hold both physical territory and digital territory,” Cohen said.

How to defeat ISIS and how to stop it from propagating its ideas have been two of the most asked questions on the campaign trail in the presidential race. Hillary Clinton has urged Google and other Silicon Valley companies to “disrupt ISIS” and close down ISIS-supporting websites and social media accounts.

Silicon Valley has answered the call, albeit covertly, according to a Reuters report in December. While Facebook, Twitter and Google are actively shutting down portals for ISIS propaganda, sometimes bypassing formal protocols for faster results, they are doing it without much noise so they aren’t seen by their users as a tool of government.

Cohen warned that simply stopping ISIS’s online propaganda machine is not enough. “The mistake that we make is a mischaracterization of technology being synonymous with communications,” he said. “It leads to looking at this notion of countering extremist narratives online as some kind of panacea rather than a multifaceted challenge.”

While ISIS has the ignoble honor of being the first digitally savvy terrorist organization, Cohen said it’s just a sign of the times. Most of ISIS’s social media tactics are at a level of sophistication on par with most tech-savvy millennials in the West, he noted. Illicit organizations with successful online outreach will be the norm rather than the exception, he added

“I think a successor organization to ISIS seven years from now will make what ISIS is doing look like yesterday’s news,” Cohen said.


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How to defeat ISIS and how to stop it from propagating its ideas have been two of the most asked questions on the campaign trail in the presidential race. Hillary Clinton has urged Google and other Silicon Valley companies to “disrupt ISIS” and close down ISIS-supporting websites and social media accounts.


We bomb the shit out of them, that's how.
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I thought Anonymous was taking care of ISIS
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Back in the Falklands war (and no doubt some other wars too) there was a media blackout in the UK. Of course, people back then weren't as nosy and the world wide web never existed so it was much easier to silence these sort of things.

Still, it's what's needed to help fight these fools in frocks.
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What ever happened to common sense? This is common sense isn't this? Why do important people have to have meeting discussing and planning about common sense?
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GotenLoooovesCorn wrote:

What ever happened to common sense? This is common sense isn't this? Why do important people have to have meeting discussing and planning about common sense?


Restricting someone's freedom of speech is a major issue. It should rarely is ever be used. It's always possible that the government is lying and trying to make a group look worse than they are just to demonize them and rally the people to fight the vile demon just like we do in every war.
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stars201 wrote: I thought Anonymous was taking care of ISIS
never trust anonymous users..
some of them are just messing up shit insted of fixing/helping but some pro's out there are doing good deeds, but thats SOME other are criminals.

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You're going to kick Isis off the interwebs.....
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You're going to kick Isis off the interwebs.....


That's the Isis I grew up with
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Dariamus wrote:





You're going to kick Isis off the interwebs.....


That's the Isis I grew up with


Same I can't look at the name Isis and not think of her.
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We should indeed take them off the web. I really don't know how people are that gullible but somehow they're brainwashing people online. We should also just try and kill them all.

And for the idiots who think Anonymous are helping, don't be stupid. Anonymous are a group of hacking criminals.
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eclair-lumiere wrote:And for the idiots who think Anonymous are helping, don't be stupid. Anonymous are a group of hacking criminals.


i think it's far-fetched to call them criminals when they're strongly against isis
whether they actually help in the fight is another story.
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Isn't removing knowledge generally considered a bad thing? Even if its from a extremist group that is taking and ruining live I don't think burning the proverbial libraries is ever a good decision.
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My country can do whatever. War is war. Especially when said sites are explicit in their directions. I still can't believe there are teens stupid enough to fight for ISIS. I do think that the danger, unlike porn, of visiting these websites is real and immediate.
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eclair-lumiere wrote:And for the idiots who think Anonymous are helping, don't be stupid. Anonymous are a group of hacking criminals.


i think it's far-fetched to call them criminals when they're strongly against isis
whether they actually help in the fight is another story.


I last heard they took down 4000 ISIS twitter accounts. Pretty much they brute forced their passwords.
Posted 1/21/16 , edited 1/21/16

namealreadytaken wrote:


eclair-lumiere wrote:And for the idiots who think Anonymous are helping, don't be stupid. Anonymous are a group of hacking criminals.


i think it's far-fetched to call them criminals when they're strongly against isis
whether they actually help in the fight is another story.


Vigilantism of all types skirt the law, hence why they be vigilantes. While all members of Anon are part of a leaderless union, Anonymous are inexplicably tied with internet vigilantism if you look at their past history.
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