Lunch Briefing Series: The Ethics and Politics of Policing the Internet for Violent Extremist Content

Seminar 4: The Ethics and Politics of Policing the Internet for Violent Extremist Content

Wednesday November 25th, 1315 – 1430

War Studies Meeting Room, 6th Floor, King’s College London, Strand Campus

*Please note that there is no charge for attendance.


This presentation draws on insights from representatives of civil society, law enforcement and industry groups to offer fresh perspectives on the policing of extremist material online. Evidently, the Internet now serves not only as a breeding ground for extremism, but also offers myriad data streams which potentially hold great value to law enforcement. Using an international legal framework as a starting point, the presentation explores the technical, political and ethical complexities of policing the web for extremist material, and its implications for security, privacy and human rights.

This research was funded by VOX-Pol and is the subject of a VOX-Pol report.

Speaker Biography

joshJosh Cowls is a doctoral researcher in Comparative Media Studies and researcher in Digital Humanities, based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, Josh obtained a Masters degree from the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where he also served for two years as a research assistant. Josh’s research interests focus on the impact of the Internet on politics, the media, and academia itself. Projects he has led or worked on have been funded by Nesta, the Sloan Foundation, the ESRC and the AHRC, and his work has been published in various political science and communication journals.



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