US security officials to meet with tech CEOs on terror concerns

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Top US national security officials are to meet with tech leaders to seek their help in disrupting online activities of terrorist groups  in recruitment, radicalization and plotting attacks.

According to US officials, Friday’s meeting with Silicon Valley top executives in San Jose, California, comes as US president Barack Obama administration tried to beef up cooperation with social media groups and online companies whose platforms are often used by terrorists to attract followers, disseminate their message and organize attacks.

Obama said in a recent speech that he planned to “urge high-tech and law enforcement leaders to make it harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice.”

At the meeting, government officials plan to offer technology experts how terrorists use technology, including encryption.

They’ll also discuss ways the government and tech companies can “help others to create, publish, and amplify alternative content that would undercut ISIL,” officials said.

Another goal is to identify ways for law enforcement to better identify terrorists online and stop them from carrying out attacks.

In a speech last month Obama stated, “As the Internet erases the distance between countries, we see growing efforts by terrorists to poison the minds of people like the Boston Marathon bombers and the San Bernardino killers.”

Among those attending the meeting are Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, Obama counter-terrorism adviser Lisa Monaco, Director of National Intelligence James B. Clapper, National Security Agency director Michael Rogers and Deputy Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken.

Companies sending senior executives include Google, Facebook and Twitter. Apple chief executive Tim Cook is also expected to participate.

Back in December, the US Congress introduced legislation requiring social media companies to report online to law enforcement any terrorist activity they detect, such as planning, recruiting or distribution of terrorist material.

 

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