Safe Internet League joins Chechen authorities in fighting online extremism

13
Oct

An agreement on cooperation in combating the spread of dangerous online content with a particular emphasis on anti-extremism measures has been signed by the Safe Internet League and the Ministry for internal policy, foreign relations, communications and information of the Chechen Republic.

The Republic is the 16th region of Russia to enter into such an agreement. So far, the Safe Internet League has secured the cooperation of the Kostroma, Leningrad, Omsk, Archangelsk, Lipetsk, Tambov, Ulyanovsk, Penza, Tyumen, Belgorod, Tomsk, Khabarovsk, and Perm regions, as well as the Republics of Crimea and Dagestan. The cooperation agreement binds the League and the regional authorities to join their forces in combating dangerous online content (child pornography, promotion of illegal drugs, violence, Nazi ideology, separatism, and extremism), pursuing the persons distributing such information on the Internet, organizing online safety lessons classes for children, parents, and teachers. The document also envisages a network of local offices for the Cyberguard — a volunteer movement established by the League to monitor the Internet for dangerous information and report it to the Safe Internet League.

«The Chechen Republic is the second region of the North Caucasus to cooperate with the League. A similar Agreement was signed with the Republic of Dagestan this August» noted Safe Internet League Chairman of the Board Denis Davydov. «It was a deliberate strategy of ours to actively engage with local authorities in the region, where the issue of combating extremist propaganda, interracial and interfaith hatred, and information warfare is especially acute, and where there is a great deal of experience in that sphere»

«The extremist and terrorist organizations have recently stepped up their online activities significantly, and each of us has a duty to oppose this evil. We are hopeful that the partnership between the Safe Internet League and the Ministry for internal policy, foreign relations, communications and information of the Chechen Republic will make significant steps in combating extremist propaganda. For that we have the resources, the experience, and, most importantly, the support of the national and local authorities» said Minister for internal policy, foreign relations, communications and information of the Chechen Republic Dzhambulat Umarov.
It is to be reminded that this September the Safe Internet League announced it was expanding its Internet operations to encompass combating not only child pornography and promotion of illegal drugs and suicide but also separatist and extremist activities online. The League’s official website opened a new hotline where for reporting extremist content. Under Russian law (Federal law no. 149-FZ of July 27, 2006 On Information, Information Technologies, and Protection of Information), disseminating extremist information is prohibited, and the Web pages containing it are subject to immediate blacklisting.