United Kingdom government has its own AI for detecting extremist videos

Chelsea West
February 15, 2018

The British government has unveiled a tool that can accurately detect extremist content and block it from being viewed, the media reported on Tuesday.

According to the BBC, UK home secretary Amber Rudd said the government may end up legally forcing tech companies to use the tool.

She said Britain had teamed up with London-based ASI Data Science "to develop technology that can identify online terrorist content with a higher degree of accuracy than any other publicly known technology available". Humans then have to assess the content and make a decision on removing it. It says that the system uses advanced machine learning to analyze the sound and visual components of videos for "subtle signals".

Rudd will visit Silicon Valley this week to discuss the technology and "hold a series of meetings with the main communication service providers to discuss tackling terrorist content online".

Ms Rudd is visiting Silicon Valley this week, where she will meet with USA tech firms to discuss the new model as well as other means of tackling terrorist content online. The government says that it can be integrated into the upload tool of any platform, meaning that videos can be blocked before they even make it online.

The company said it typically flagged 0.005% of non-IS video uploads.

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Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd, now visiting the Silicon Valley, announced United Kingdom's partnership with a London-based startup to develop an algorithm which will be used to identify terrorist content on the Internet.

The home secretary will also meet with the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which was launched past year in the aftermath of the Westminster Bridge attack that left five dead.

The new tool has been developed for use by smaller platforms who may not have the the resources to develop their own prevention technologies.

The Home Office estimates that between July and the end of 2017, extremist material appeared in nearly 150 web services that had not been used for such propaganda before.

The government also faces a challenge in predicting which platforms terrorists will turn to next.

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