Britain partners with AI startup to bracket extremist content

Randall Padilla
February 15, 2018

The new software, developed by London-based data science firm ASI on behalf of the British government, can identify and block 94 percent of IS propaganda video with 99.99 accuracy, according to British Home Secretary Amber Rudd here on Tuesday.

The tool, developed with United Kingdom company ASI Data Science at a cost of £600.000, claims to be able to identify 94 per cent of the online activity of Islamic State (IS), with 99 per cent accuracy. "We know that automatic technology like this can heavily disrupt the terrorists' actions, as well as prevent people from ever being exposed to these horrific images", United Kingdom home secretary Amber Rudd said in reference to the new tool.

In order to talk about the tool with technology firms, the home secretary has embarked on a trip to the United States in an attempt to fight extremism with the new innovation along with other methods.

Any content that the software is still unsure about would then be passed on for a human to review.

"But I remain convinced that the best way to take real action, to have the best outcomes, is to have an industry-led forum like the one we've got".

The tool was made as a way to demonstrate that the government's demand for a clampdown on extremist activity was not unreasonable, Rudd said.

"They can encourage the companies they invest in to introduce a facility to enable users and authorities to flag terrorist material for removal", Ms Rudd added. While tech giants have been developing their own technology to tackle the problem, smaller platforms are increasingly targeted by ISIL and often do not have the same level of resources to develop technology. There are tools out there that can do exactly what we're asking for.

The secretary said that a year ago, all of the five attacks on British soil had an online component. Home Office analysis determined that Daesh supporters used more than 400 platforms to push their agenda just in 2017.

The plans would allow Britain to become "the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet", the manifesto claimed, and ensure there is no "safe space for terrorists to be able to communicate online".

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