Google Ideas Supports “Against Violent Extremism” Network

Google has announced that it's working with the Gen Next Foundation and other partners to support the launch of a new anti-radicalisation network, instigated by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

Specifically, Google Ideas is throwing its weight behind the Against Violent Extremism network. The concept is that it brings together former extremists, and survivors of terrorist violence, together to attempt to help prevent youths from being radicalised.

Non-profit organisations, academics and the private sector are all involved in this "one-stop shop" which contains tools to help stifle the spread of violent extremism. The web platform includes discussion forums, and various information on related projects, although it's still in beta right now.

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, which manages the website, is a London-based think tank with a great deal of experience when it comes to the problem of radicalisation.

In a blog post, Jared Cohen, Director, Google Ideas, notes: "Working with the formers [former extremists] over the past several months has turned out to be an exploration of a kind of illicit network: violent extremism. But it's touched on other types of illicit networks too - such as drug smuggling, human trafficking and the underground arms trade. With the launch of the AVE network, we plan to turn much of our attention over the next several months to these other areas."

He added: "We want to look not only at how technology has been part of the problem, but how it can be part of the solution by empowering those who are adversely affected by illicit networks."

Source: Google