The internet has become an effective tool for political and religious radicalisation and for the recruitment of terrorists and foreign fighters in global conflicts. Now, to tackle the growing problem, the social affairs and integration ministry is planning new initiatives to counter the development and, tomorrow, will hold a conference together with the British think-tank The Strategic Institute for Dialogue to discuss challenges and share experiences about tackling radicalisation and extremism on the internet.
“The internet and especially social media’s many opportunities create challenges for combating radicalisation and extremism,” the social affairs and integration minister, Karen Hækkerup (Socialdemokraterne), stated in a press release. “That is why we need to ensure that young users of social media are better able to be sceptical and respond to radicalisation and extremism. We have good initiatives for countering extremism in the real world, but it’s not enough. If we want to protect young people we need to be where they are. We need to be online.”