Under the new UK Counter-Terrorism and Security Act, school authorities must “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.
Whilst the Act has enraged a range of critics, who point out that it potentially infringes on individual, family and community rights and encourages negative racial and cultural profiling, government reports defend the legislation, stating that it is “…about ensuring that vulnerable children… of any faith, ethnicity or background receive support before their vulnerabilities are exploited by those that would want them to embrace terrorism.”
Securus Education Solutions, Future Digital Solutions and Impero Software are just three technology companies that have offered British schools and universities new ‘anti-radicalisation’ services in the form of network management and surveillance software. Filters will alert school authorities when certain ‘dangerous’ words are typed.
Says Impero, a list of such words includes ‘YODO’ (‘you only die once’), ‘jihadi bride’, ‘War on Islam’ and ‘John Cantlie’ (a British journalist held hostage by the Islamic State).
Category: Spring 2015