Australia to open 24/7 crisis center to block terrorist content in real time

At the 45th G7 summit currently being held in France, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has presented severe plans regarding the management of terrorist content that is shared online.

As reported by Reuters in In case of crisis, Australia will block any domain that hosts shared or original terrorist content. "We are doing everything possible to deny terrorists the opportunity to glorify their crimes," Morrison said.

Beyond this, the government is also considering establishing legislation that forces websites and digital services to better prevent this type of proliferation of criminal material by increasing their security measures.

While the issue has been hotly discussed in recent years, the last push comes in response to the March 2019 attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, where social media services were accused of not having done enough. to avoid hosting and exchanging extremist and violent content on their platforms.

Action plan

In order to enforce this new policy, Australia is seeking to establish a Crisis Coordination Center that is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, monitoring malicious content.

When the center discovers criminal content, the Australian Electronic Security Commissioner would review it and, on a case-by-case basis, determine whether or not to censor it by blocking infringing domains.

Technology companies such as Facebook, YouTube and Amazon, as well as local telecommunications companies such as Telstra, Optus and Vodafone are working in collaboration with the government and are expected to detail their action plans by the end of September.

The details of the sanctions related to the hosting and distribution of violent and malicious content have not yet been disclosed, but are likely to arrive in the coming months when policies are more discussed.

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