Google launches anti-extremism network

2012-04-26 10:15

Cape Town - Google launched the Against Violent Extremism (AVE) network on Wednesday in a bid to prevent young people from becoming radicalised.

The network aims to have members share their experiences from opposite ideological viewpoints in the hope of reducing the cases of violent extremism globally.

"This is the first time that former extremists, survivors, nonprofits and private sector leaders from around the world are combining forces and using online tools to tackle the problem of violent extremism," Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas wrote on the official Google blog.

The beta site brings together former violent jihadists, ex-neo-Nazis and hostages in an attempt to facilitate sharing and discussion so that the incidence of violence related to ideological opposition may be reduced.

The programme is hosted by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) with other partners, according to Google.

The web giant said that there was a traditional reliance on governments to create dialogue between groups.

"We also knew that there has traditionally been an over-reliance on governments to tackle these problems, so we wanted to see what diverse groups outside the public sector could offer," said Cohen.

Potentially, the programme could encompass a wide range of diverse views and facilitate communication between enemies in conflict regions of the world.

The ISD is an independent think tank in the UK that works by "actively bridging inter-communal, religious, socio-economic and political divides".

Here is a YouTube video of some of the participants in the AVE programme:

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