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March 29, 2017

Encrypted Messaging Platform WhatsApp’s Role in U.S. Terror Cases

The investigation into the March 22 London terror attack has focused in part on the Khalid Masood's possible use of encrypted application WhatsApp minutes before killing three pedestrians and a police officer. CEP has found that WhatsApp has also...

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March 27, 2017

CEP Analysis: Converts Who Became Foreign Fighters, Recruiters, and Domestic Terrorists

As terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda continue to search for new followers capable of being radicalized to violence, CEP is releasing a new report that explores the diverse backgrounds of 131 American, Canadian, European, and Australian converts...

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March 24, 2017

Advertiser Revolt Underscores Need for Google to Address Ubiquity of Extremist Content on YouTube

CEP said today that while Google has promised to revamp its policies after American and European companies complained of ads appearing next to extremist videos on YouTube, a bigger problem is the presence of more than 70,000 Anwar Al-Awlaki videos on...

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March 22, 2017

CEP Condemns Today’s Violent Attacks in London

(New York, NY) – The Counter Extremism Project issued the following statement from CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace and President Frances F. Townsend in response to the terror attack on Westminster Bridge and subsequent stabbing outside of the Houses...

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March 22, 2017

One Year After Brussels Attacks: Belgium, Europe Struggle with Challenges of Extremism

One year after the worst bombings in its modern history, Belgium and the rest of Europe continue to struggle with the complex challenges of terrorism and extremism, CEP said, in releasing a new report on preventing jihadist radicalization in Europe...

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March 21, 2017

Pullout of Advertisers from Google Highlights Problem of Extremist Content on YouTube

CEP's new report contrasts Google’s pledge to divert users away from radicalizing and extremist content, with the increasing availability of sermons and lectures from radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki on Google-owned YouTube, as controversy continues...

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March 20, 2017

As ISIS Loses Territory, CEP Calls for Leaders to Address Recruitment and Radicalization Online

CEP is calling on President Trump and ministers from 68 countries gathering in Washington, D.C. this week to focus on the defeat of ISIS on the cyber-battlefield, given the extremist group’s continued ability to weaponize the Internet and social...

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March 13, 2017

ICYMI: Wall Street Journal Interview with CEP Senior Advisor Dr. Hany Farid, “How Algorithms Can Help Beat Islamic State”

CEP Senior Advisor and Dartmouth College Computer Science Professor Dr. Hany Farid was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal regarding his development with CEP of eGLYPH, a technology that can identify the “worst of the worst” extremist images...

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February 27, 2017

U.S. Drone Strike Targets Al-Qaeda Second In Command

Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, the the deputy to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and the son-in-law to Osama bin Laden, was reportedly killed in northwest Syria by a U.S. drone strike. Masri was an al-Qaeda member for three decades and was wanted for the...

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February 23, 2017

Documents Reaffirm Awlaki’s Role in Radicalizing “Underwear Bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

F.B.I. interviews with attempted airplane suicide bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, detailed by the New York Times, document the direct role played by U.S.-born cleric and al-Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki in planning and directing the plot. CEP...

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On July 23, 2016, two suicide bombers targeted members of Afghanistan’s Hazara ethnic minority who were demonstrating in Kabul. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed at least 97 people and injured 260 others. 

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