Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), online radicalisation, fake news and disinformation as a service are high on the agenda of politicians, private companies, civil sector and media organisations. Even though the entire premise on which CVE is conceptualised, i.e. eradicating the “root causes” of terrorism, has not found
traction within empirical studies, there are increased calls for new legislation and more cooperation between governments and tech firms. This week's The Economist magazine
writes: "Quietly, co-operation between governments and internet firms is picking up once more. In Britain a specialist anti-terror police unit that trawls the web for extremist material removed 121,000 pieces of content last year with the help of some 300 companies around the world".
The phenomenon of fake news and unsubstantiated content has further exacerbated issues. The latest issue of Newsweek
brings a rare insight into "how big data mines personal info to craft fake news and manipulate voters".
This week we focus on the ramifications of integrating a concept related to international security within the domain of freedom of expression and media development. We bring just a segment of what is said about the CVEs and related issues by our members. We would like to hear from all of you if you would like to share content related to the above-mentioned issues with the media development community.