Pakistan Launches Application to Combat Cyberextremism

In an effort to combat extremism online, Pakistan's government has launched an application that will allow its citizens to report websites that publish extremist content and hate speech. Called Surfsafe, it was developed by Pakistan's National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) and works in both Android and iOS devices. NACTA is a government body responsible for designing the country's counterterrorism strategies. "Strict enforcement of cybercrime laws is absolutely necessary to overcome this massive challenge of online extremism. Surfsafe is a step in that direction," Ehsan Ghani, NACTA's director, told VOA. "People, unfortunately, at times get attracted to extremist ideologies without even realizing it. Through this program [application], we will create awareness and block online materials involved in provoking extremism in any capacity," Ghani added. Numerous militant, sectarian and radical groups continue to operate online in Pakistan despite the country's strict cybercrime laws. Officials are optimistic that Surfsafe will help them rein in websites...


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