The strategy to tackle the use of the internet by terrorists and violent extremists is delivered by a wide range of organisations, including a number of Government Departments and agencies, the police, and, crucially, community activists. The internet is a tool which terrorists and violent extremists may seek to use across the range of their activities. We are determined to work with all these partners to make the internet a more hostile environment for them.
Furthermore, in September 2009 the Government launched their Cross-Government Hate Crime Action Plan. This sets out work to improve responses to all types of hate crime, including incitement to hatred that occurs on the internet. It includes actions to update police guidance and structures to ensure effective, robust responses to internet hate crime.
A range of industry representatives attended a ministerial meeting in February 2008 to discuss ways in which the Home Department might work together with industry partners to tackle online radicalisation. The focus of efforts since has been informed by that discussion, reflecting companies’ concerns and priorities and Government’s desire to take a proportionate and evidence-based approach. Officials continue to hold constructive discussions with industry to develop existing work and explore other options. It would not be appropriate to name the companies involved in these voluntary discussions.