26 episodes

Want to learn more about how terrorists and violent extremists are using the internet to communicate and share propaganda? Perhaps you’re interested in why terrorists share their manifestos online and livestream their attacks? The Tech Against Terrorism podcast is a deep dive into the evolving use of the internet by terrorists and violent extremists, how this relates to real world harms, and what can be done to support the tech sector to disrupt this threat. Join us as we speak to the world’s leading experts in this field and uncover everything from the online propaganda behind an IS prison break in Syria, to the online network of neo-Nazis behind a foiled terrorist plot in Texas.

Tech Against Terrorism Tech Against Terrorism

    • Technology
    • 4.2 • 5 Ratings

Want to learn more about how terrorists and violent extremists are using the internet to communicate and share propaganda? Perhaps you’re interested in why terrorists share their manifestos online and livestream their attacks? The Tech Against Terrorism podcast is a deep dive into the evolving use of the internet by terrorists and violent extremists, how this relates to real world harms, and what can be done to support the tech sector to disrupt this threat. Join us as we speak to the world’s leading experts in this field and uncover everything from the online propaganda behind an IS prison break in Syria, to the online network of neo-Nazis behind a foiled terrorist plot in Texas.

    S2E12: The TCAP: A Tool to Tackle Terrorist Content

    S2E12: The TCAP: A Tool to Tackle Terrorist Content

    For the final episode of Season 2 of the podcast we’re taking a closer look at a tool developed by Tech Against Terrorism called the Terrorist Content Analytics Platform (TCAP). We learn what the TCAP is, why it was set up, and how it’s used to automate the swift detection and removal of verified terrorist content on tech platforms.
    During the episode, Mariusz Żurawek explains how he struggled to single-handedly moderate extremist content on his platform JustPaste.it. We discuss how terrorist exploitation of the whole online ecosystem, especially smaller platforms like Mariusz’, inspired the development of the TCAP.  We also chat to the TCAP team about the work they’re doing to add more functionality to the platform and about some of the processes that are in place to ensure it’s as transparent as possible to its stakeholders and the wider public. 
    Join Anne Craanen as she speaks to Jacob Berntsson who’s the Head of Policy & Research at Tech Against Terrorism, Sophie Laitt who’s a Senior Product Manager at Tech Against Terrorism and Mariusz Żurawek, the founder of JustPaste.it - a website which uses the TCAP to help it take down potentially harmful terrorist content from its site. 
    If you want to find out more about the TCAP, head over to the website at terrorismanalytics.org. And for those interested you can find our Transparency Report here. To find out more about Tech Against Terrorism and our work, visit techagainstterrorism.org or follow us on Twitter @techvsterrorism, where you can find resources on this topic. 

    • 33 min
    S2E11: Can Tech Platforms Rely on Algorithms to Remove Terrorist Content?

    S2E11: Can Tech Platforms Rely on Algorithms to Remove Terrorist Content?

    On this week’s episode, we’re exploring the role of automated solutions and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in tackling terrorist and violent extremist content and activity online. With the help of our expert guests, we delve into the historical use of machine learning algorithms for content moderation purposes, look at how they’ve developed over the last decade or so, and discuss their potential going forward. 
    We consider some of the potential biases and ethical considerations around automated removal systems, such as the mistaken removal of war crime evidence or political speech in the Arabic language. Our guests explore how we can best utilise algorithms to tackle terrorist content, highlighting their potential for understanding patterns of terrorist behaviour online.
    This week, Anne Craanen speaks to Adam Hadley, Founder and Executive Director of Tech Against Terrorism. We also hear from Dia Kayyali, director for advocacy at Mnemonic where they focus on the real-life impact of policy decisions made by lawmakers and technology companies about content moderation and related topics. And Chris Meserole, a fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution and director of research for the Brookings Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology Initiative. Chris is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.
    To find out more about Tech Against Terrorism and our work, visit techagainstterrorism.org or follow us on Twitter @techvsterrorism, where you can find resources on this topic.

    • 46 min
    S2E10: Debunking Russian Disinformation on “Denazification” of Ukraine (SPECIAL EPISODE)

    S2E10: Debunking Russian Disinformation on “Denazification” of Ukraine (SPECIAL EPISODE)

    This week we’re bringing you a special episode investigating the conflict in Ukraine. We unpack the truth around violent extremist elements operating in Ukraine amid the online information war that’s been unfolding. We speak to experts who expose the Russian claims of denazification as state-sponsored disinformation, and interrogate the reality of the violent far-right presence and influence of foreign fighters in Ukraine. 
    Join Anne Craanen as she speaks to Ukraine-based Olga Yurkova who is the Co-founder of StopFake.org, an educational platform which aims to teach people about the dangers of spreading false information. We also hear from Kacper Rekawek, a PhD, postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. And finally, from Jason Blazakis who is a Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and former Director of the Counterterrorism Finance and Designations Office, Bureau of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State. 
    We also get valuable insight from Arthur Bradley, a Senior OSINT analyst at Tech Against Terrorism, who explains the divergent reaction of the international far-right to the invasion online. Our experts reveal troubling links between the Russian state and far-right fighters in Ukraine exposing Kremlin narratives as not only false but contradictory.  
    How do you tell if a photo or video posted online is real or fake? Here's a simple video by the BBC's Disinformation team on how to check and verify content shared online about the war in Ukraine. Or you can find this article on Olga’s website StopFake.org on “How to recognise a fake.”
    To find out more about Tech Against Terrorism and our work, visit techagainstterrorism.org or follow us on Twitter @techvsterrorism, where you can find resources on this topic. 

    • 35 min
    S2E9: Is Official Terrorist Content Illegal Online? Terrorist Designation and the Online Realm

    S2E9: Is Official Terrorist Content Illegal Online? Terrorist Designation and the Online Realm

    On this week’s episode of the podcast, we’re looking at terrorist designation. We analyse different countries’ designation systems and discuss how they can be improved. We consider the role designation plays in the fight against terrorism and how it can be used as a tool to tackle terrorist content online. 
    Anne Craanen is joined by two experts on designation, firstly Dr. Anna Meier who is an Assistant Professor of political science and international relations at the University of Nottingham. Anna studies counterterrorism in Germany and the United States, with a particular interest in white supremacist violence and proscription policy. Anne also speaks to Jason Blazakis, Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and former Director of the Counterterrorism Finance and Designations Office, Bureau of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State. Jason is also a Senior Advisor at The Soufan Group.
    Our other guest this week is David Shanks who is the Chief Censor of the New Zealand Classification Office. David’s role as part of this media regulator includes making determinations about the legality of the most extreme and violent terrorist content. He gives us a fascinating insight into some of the dilemmas this responsibility entails and on what can be done to better tackle terrorist content online. We also get insight from Archie Macfarlane, who is a Junior Research Analyst at Tech Against Terrorism, on the work TAT has been doing on designation.

    To find out more about Tech Against Terrorism and our work, visit techagainstterrorism.org or follow us on Twitter @techvsterrorism, where you can find resources on this topic. 

    • 59 min
    S2E8: Navigating a Fragmented Regulatory Landscape

    S2E8: Navigating a Fragmented Regulatory Landscape

    On this week’s episode of the podcast, we’re looking at online regulation. We consider why regulation is so important, how the landscape has evolved, and focus on some of the specific challenges around regulating terrorist content online. We also touch on influential regulation that’s been recently adopted as well as regulation that’s currently being considered, including the UK’s Online Safety Bill. 
    Join Anne Craanen as she speaks to Luca Bertuzzi who is a tech journalist specialising in digital policy and European affairs. He is Digital and Media Editor at EURACTIV, where he oversees an international team based in Brussels, Berlin and Paris. We're also joined by Asha Allen from the Centre of Democracy and Technology, Europe Office; where she coordinates the organisation's advocacy engagement on the Digital Services Act and European Democracy Action Plan. Asha is a human rights advocate and policy specialist with an extensive background in leading advocacy to eradicate online gender-based violence.
    Anne also gets insight from Jacob Berntsson who is the Head of Policy & Research at Tech Against Terrorism. He oversees the programmatic delivery and implementation of the organisation’s work. Jacob specialises in analysing tech policy and emerging global online regulation and has previous work experience in government intelligence and from the private sector.
    To find out more about Tech Against Terrorism and our work, visit techagainstterrorism.org or follow us on Twitter @techvsterrorism, where you can find resources on this topic. To find out more about the online regulatory landscape, check out The Online Regulation Series Handbook. 
    You can follow Luca Bertuzzi on Twitter here and Asha Allen here. 
    You can find out more about the Centre of Democracy and Technology here. 

    • 39 min
    S2E7 PART 2: Tech Policy Evolution & The Human Side of Moderating Terrorist Content

    S2E7 PART 2: Tech Policy Evolution & The Human Side of Moderating Terrorist Content

    Welcome back to part 2 of our deep dive into tech platform policy around countering terrorism and violent extremism. In this episode, we’re getting insight from Zoom and Clubhouse into how their community standards have been developed with tackling harmful content in mind.
    In this episode, Anne Craanen speaks to Jessica Mason, Head of Global Policy and Public Affairs at Clubhouse, and Josh Parecki, Head of Trust and Safety at Zoom. They provide a tech platform perspective on what informs their counterterrorism policies, why each platform faces different challenges in implementing their policies, and what’s being done to support tech companies navigate these difficult trust and safety challenges. Fabienne Tarrant, a Senior Policy Analyst at Tech Against Terrorism, also explains how Tech Against Terrorism supports tech companies develop and strengthen these policies through mentorship and knowledge sharing.
    If you missed part 1, Anne spoke to Charlotte Willner who’s the Executive Director at the Trust and Safety Professional Association, about her work as one of Facebook’s early content moderators and how the Trust and Safety landscape has changed since then. Charlotte shares valuable insight into the human side of moderating terrorist and violent extremist content online. 
    To find out more about Tech Against Terrorism and our work, visit techagainstterrorism.org or follow us on Twitter @techvsterrorism, where you can find resources on this topic. 
    If you’re interested in learning more about Tech Against Terrorism’s support to tech companies, you can find out about mentorship here, or background information about our Knowledge Sharing Platform here, which can be accessed following registration here. 
    You can read more about Trust & Safety at Clubhouse here and Zoom here. 
    You can learn more about the Trust & Safety Professional Association here.  

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Top Podcasts In Technology

Jason Calacanis
Lex Fridman
NPR
Jack Rhysider
Gimlet
PJ Vogt

You Might Also Like

Foreign Policy
SPYSCAPE
Gary LaFree
BBC World Service