CounteR Initiated Collaboration with Three ISF-Funded Projects on Terrorist Content Online

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The CounteR Project team conducted meetings with representatives of the Terrorist Content Online (TCO) Cluster, composed of three sibling projects, working in the domain of countering radical online content with funding by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund (ISF).

Three ISF-funded sibling projects – ALLIES, FRISCO, and TaTE (Tech against Terrorism Europe) – jointly run the TCO Cluster initiative to raise awareness of the EU’s Regulation on Addressing the Dissemination of Terrorist Content Online (TCO). The Cluster aims to inform and support small and micro hosting service providers (HSPs) about their new obligations under the TCO Regulation, which addresses violent extremism and the dissemination of such content, setting out specific measures that HSPs exposed to TCO must implement. The project partners are developing tools for reporting and removing harmful content, while respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms.

During the meetings with CounteR, the partners identified several shared policy visions project objectives, and common fields of work:

  • CounteR has developed an early-warning tool for LEAs and potentially other stakeholders to use for the detection of radical content online.
  • ALLIES is developing an AI-based tool for content moderation, tailored for small and micro HSPs, with a repository/hashing database.
  • TaTE is tailoring existing ones tools for micro and small HSPs.
  • FRISCO is developing a self-assessment questionnaire and a process map, focused on HSPs’ compliance to the TCO, as well as a content moderation tool.

As a result, CounteR and the TCO Cluster partners outlined several opportunities for project synergies and joint activities – both as a group and on a bilateral basis. As a first step, the partners expressed interest in signing up for the CounteR’s public testing panel due in April.

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