In countering terrorism, our police and security services will
consider the the use of surveillance, intelligence sharing, vigilance
and physical security.
Technology is another key front in this ongoing battle. The Home
Office has recently announced that it has developed cyber-screening
that automatically detects terrorist content on any online platform.
Tests have shown this new tool can automatically detect 94% of Daesh
propaganda with 99.995% accuracy. The Home Office claims that it has
an extremely high degree of accuracy. For instance tests have shown
that if it analyses one million randomly selected videos, only 50
would require additional human review.
We know that Daesh and similar groups post material online to incite
violence in London and other cities, to recruit Londoners and others
to their cause, and to attempt to spread fear in our society.
Let us hope that the smart application of this new technology, while
ensuring that we respect individuals’ rights to privacy, will allow us
to stop terrorists from undermining London or Britain’s way of life.