The document continues, adding that as it seeks to block the distribution of hard copy terrorist material, so will it block in online.
"Communications technology has transformed the capability of terrorist groups. The internet in particular has not only facilitated attack planning but also the distribution of terrorist propaganda and the process of radicalisation and recruitment," it adds.
"Ideological challenge has to use all the communications tools which have been adopted by terrorists and where necessary also intervene in the virtual space to curtail illegal activities."
Plans will not be easy to see out, so presumably they must be worth it. These plans include, "steps to: limit access to harmful content online in specific sectors or premises (notably schools, public libraries and other public buildings); [and] ensure that action is taken to try to remove unlawful and harmful content from the internet," according to the report.
"This work will require effective dialogue with the private sector and in particular the internet industry. It will also require collaboration with international partners: the great majority of the websites and chat rooms which concern us in the context of radicalisation are hosted overseas.
The jackboot must be one of the most comfortable members of the political costume, as it seems that once worn it proves hard to get off and a pleasantly reassuring fit.
Any internet filtering is therefore encouraged, and as well as schools and libraries the ‘public internet estate' should also have a dose.
"Internet filtering across the public estate is essential. We want to ensure that users in schools, libraries, colleges and Immigration Removal Centres are unable to access unlawful material. We will continue to work closely with [the] filtering industry," the report adds.
"We want to explore the potential for violent and unlawful URL lists to be voluntarily incorporated into independent national blocking lists, including the list operated by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)."
This sort of thing does not go down well with the internet estate, and in a tweet the UK Pirate Party condemned the move.
"The UK government says: 'Internet filtering across the public estate is essential',", reads a tweet from the party before offering a link to the report. This was followed with, "UK government plans to expand the web blocking remit of the IWF as part of #Prevent strategy".
Loz Kaye, leader of the Party in the UK added his own thoughts to the mix in a short conversation with the INQUIRER. He said that the Party was concerned about the report, in fact very concerned, and added, "With its public Internet filtering the Coalition's Prevent strategy undermines the freedoms it purports to protect." µ
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