Ottawa at­tempts to ‘re­di­rect’ ex­trem­ism

Lib­er­als award U.K. firm $1.5M grant to de­velop pro­ject push­ing counter mes­sages

StarMetro Toronto - - CANADA & WORLD - Alex Boutilier

GE­OR­GIA VOT­ING HITS TECH­NI­CAL DE­LAYS IN KEY AT­LANTA SUB­URBS

OTTAWA—THE fed­eral govern­ment has tapped a U.k.-based com­pany to at­tempt to “re­di­rect” Cana­di­ans at risk of rad­i­cal­iza­tion to vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism.

The Lib­eral govern­ment awarded Moon­shot CVE a $1.5mil­lion grant to de­velop a pro­ject called “Canada Re­di­rect,” aimed at iden­ti­fy­ing ex­trem­ist con­tent on­line and push­ing pos­i­tive counter mes­sag­ing at those seek­ing it out.

Micah Clark, Moon­shot CVE’S Canada pro­gram di­rec­tor, said the idea is not to take down ex­trem­ist pro­pa­ganda, but to con­nect Cana­di­ans who are ac­cess­ing it with al­ter­na­tive con­tent.

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