The End of Self-Regulation: On the Role of Internet Intermediaries in Countering Terror

in Jack Goldstone et al (eds.), The Post ISIS-era: Regional and Global Implications (The Netherlands: IOS Press, 2021): 215-238.

24 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2021

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Raphael Cohen-Almagor

Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies; Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Middle East Study Centre; University of Hull

Date Written: February 5, 2021

Abstract

Terrorism is a significant concern worldwide. Criminals, jihadists, and terrorists are quick to use technology to protect their anonymity, privacy, modes of operation, and secret antisocial plans. They adapt to new innovations and exploit any technological advantages as means to ends. Clandestine operations are used to raise funds. Criminals, jihadists, and terrorists are working in international cells and rings that contest geographical boundaries and that require large resources and international security cooperation to obstruct their activities. Addressing these cross-country challenges require cross-country cooperation. The aim of this essay is to analyze the role of Internet intermediaries in countering online terror. I argue that Internet intermediaries can and should do far more than what they do to proactively fight online terrorism and that self-regulation is not effective enough. It is time for governments to step in and to protect vulnerable third parties by demanding that Internet intermediaries be vigilant and proactive in fighting terror. The idea of a new browser, CleaNet, is proposed to ensure a safe environment for Net users and for society at large.

Keywords: CleaNet, Internet, ISPs, Jihad, Social Responsibility, Terror, Violence

JEL Classification: z00

Suggested Citation

Cohen-Almagor, Raphael and Cohen-Almagor, Raphael, The End of Self-Regulation: On the Role of Internet Intermediaries in Countering Terror (February 5, 2021). in Jack Goldstone et al (eds.), The Post ISIS-era: Regional and Global Implications (The Netherlands: IOS Press, 2021): 215-238. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3780279

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