Working together to tackle Internet terror

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has unveiled state-of-the art filtering technology which will enable parents, schools, businesses and web users in the UK to further restrict access to websites which advocate or promote terrorism.

Dec 11, 2008
By Paul Jacques
Andy Marsh

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has unveiled state-of-the art filtering technology which will enable parents, schools, businesses and web users in the UK to further restrict access to websites which advocate or promote terrorism.

Following joint work between the Internet industry and the Government, web users now have the opportunity to download software allowing them to restrict access to websites which may encourage the endorsement or participation in acts of terrorism.

Ms Smith announced the initiative in order that parents and guardians of vulnerable young people will be able to further enhance Internet safety for their home computers. The software can be downloaded voluntarily and is available to parents, schools, colleges and businesses.

Ms Smith said: “Stopping people becoming or supporting terrorists is the major long-term challenge we face. Building on the work we have done around child protection on the Internet, this software is a significant step in making the Internet a safer place for vulnerable people.”

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