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U.K. Spy Agency Chief Goes Public With Anti-Encryption Appeal To U.S. Tech Companies

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TechCrunch

In what must be one of the most high profile consequences of last year’s Snowden revelations, which detailed the extent of government dragnet digital surveillance programs, the new chief of U.K. spy agency GCHQ has made a public appeal to U.S. technology companies to co-operate in handing over user data to support its counter terror efforts.

Writing in the Financial Times newspaper, GCHQ’s Robert Hannigan claims that “privacy has never been an absolute right” and warns that the terrorist group ISIS has “embraced the Internet as a noisy channel in which to promote itself, intimidate people, and radicalise new recruits”.

Hannigan’s initial argument focuses on how ISIS is using social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook as propaganda platforms — redirecting the underlying U.S. free speech imperative of these platform makers to power the delivery of its own messages — gaming algorithmic processes to inject fringe messages into mainstream debate (a tactic which, incidentally, we have also seen used…

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