Gordon Brown says he'll enlist Internet companies to fight online terror

November 15, 2007 02:26


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Britain is asking Internet companies to help stifle online terrorist propaganda, the prime minister said, as officials planned meetings with service providers on how extremist content might be blocked. It was unclear how much could be done, though, as providers said they were doing all they could to fight illegal terrorist material online, and experts doubted more powerful filters would thwart determined users from getting their message out. "Fundamentally, it's a losing proposition," said Oxford Internet Institute research fellow Ian Brown, noting the troubles governments like China and Myanmar have had with their online censorship efforts. But British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was undeterred, telling legislators Wednesday that the government would seek to team up with industry to find solutions.

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