Manchester Arena attack: Tributes preserved online (BBC News)

BBC News: Manchester Arena attack: Tributes preserved online. “Thousands of items left as tributes to the Manchester Arena attack victims are to be recorded in a digital archive. The archive will document 10,000 objects – including soft toys, lanterns and a guitar – held at Manchester Art Gallery which were left across the city after bomb attack on 22 May 2017.”

Leadership (Nigeria): AUN, 8 Others To Build Database On Boko Haram Insurgency

Leadership (Nigeria): AUN, 8 Others To Build Database On Boko Haram Insurgency. “The American University of Nigeria (AUN) and a consortium of nine universities in Canada and the Lake Chad basin countries of Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon has secured a preliminary grant of C$198,000 to build a massive database on the Boko Haram insurrection in the Lake Chad basin.”

The Conversation UK: How tech companies are successfully disrupting terrorist social media activity

The Conversation UK: How tech companies are successfully disrupting terrorist social media activity “In June 2017, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft announced the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). The aim of this industry-led initiative is to disrupt the terrorist exploitation of its services. Recently, GIFCT members hailed the achievements of its first year of operations. But, while this progress must be acknowledged, significant challenges remain.”

Kansas City Star: Russian Facebook posts may have inspired militia in Kansas bombing plot, expert says

Kansas City Star: Russian Facebook posts may have inspired militia in Kansas bombing plot, expert says. “The three southwest Kansas men recently convicted in a militia plot to bomb Somali immigrants may have been motivated by Russian manipulation of U.S. social media, a terrorism expert says. Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said the domestic terrorism attack was being planned at the same time the Russians were conducting a cybercampaign that included posting material on Facebook designed to heighten racial tension in the United States.”

BBC: IS propaganda ‘hidden on Internet Archive’

BBC: IS propaganda ‘hidden on Internet Archive’. “Supporters of the Islamic State group are using the Internet Archive to frustrate efforts to delete their online propaganda, a study suggests. The report analysed hundreds of thousands of links posted to two hidden forums used by the extremist group. Archive.org links were found to be the most common type on both of the forums for the past two years.”

Forbes: The Problem With Using AI To Fight Terrorism On Social Media

Forbes: The Problem With Using AI To Fight Terrorism On Social Media. “Social media has a terrorism problem. From Twitter’s famous 2015 letter to Congress that it would never restrict the right of terrorists to use its platform, to its rapid about-face in the face of public and governmental outcry, Silicon Valley has had a change of heart in how it sees its role in curbing the use of its tools by those who wish to commit violence across the world. Today Facebook released a new transparency report that emphasizes its efforts to combat terroristic use of its platform and the role AI is playing in what it claims are significant successes. Yet, that narrative of AI success has been increasingly challenged, from academic studies suggesting that not only is content not being deleted, but that other Facebook tools may actually be assisting terrorists, to a Bloomberg piece last week that demonstrates just how readily terrorist content can still be found on Facebook. Can we really rely on AI to curb terroristic use of social media?”

Miami Herald: Do Trump’s tweets contaminate 9/11 trial? War court judge to decide.

Miami Herald: Do Trump’s tweets contaminate 9/11 trial? War court judge to decide.. “President Donald Trump’s incendiary remarks about military justice stirred a dramatic exchange in a hearing Thursday for the accused conspirators of the 9/11 attacks, with defense lawyers arguing that the commander-in-chief exerted unlawful influence. At issue are Trump’s remarks on Twitter and in person about the decision to give no prison time to Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl and to urge the death penalty on a man who had not yet been charged for driving a van through a New York City bike path, killing eight people.”