The UK’s Prime Minister, Thersa May, has announced that part of her effort to stop terrorism will be to coordinate with other nations on an agreement to regulate cyberspace…Already this policy idea has received some very mixed reactions.
Whilst many agree that some radicalisation occurs in online forums and chatrooms, it is the influence of hate preachers in local Mosques that are more likely to provide the impetus.
Not only this but regulation that applies to just a few specific people does not exist; this would become blanket regulation for everyone who uses the internet…It is taking away our freedoms and liberties in the name of counter-terrorism. Isn’t this what the terrorists wanted all along?
When will governments realize that unless they address the issue of radicalization actually in Muslim communities through Wahhabist and Salafist Mosques, then they will never stop the problem of homegrown terrorism?
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Islamic extremist ideology cannot be allowed to have a “safe space” on the internet in which to grow, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday.
“We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed,” said May in a statement. “Yet that is precisely what the internet — and the big companies that provide internet-based services — provide.”
May called for international accords on the regulation of the cyberspace in order to crack down on the spread of radical ideology. “We need to work with allied, democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremism and terrorist planning,” she said. “And we need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online.”