Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has called for the “Five Eyes” countries (comprising of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the United States) to begin tackling online extremism.
The Prime Minister made the appeal following the UK’s third terrorist attack in four months, in which 7 were killed and 21 critically injured.
He also appealed for social media networks to work with the Five Eyes countries in helping authorities access encrypted communications.
“We need these global social media messaging companies to assist in providing access to encrypted communications, which are used by billions of people,” Turnbull said on Monday. “The security services need to get access to them.”
British Prime Minister, Theresa May, reiterated Turnbull’s calls for greater collaboration, saying nations and their agencies need to be smarter, more agile, and more collaborative than those “who are seeking to do us harm”.
“We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed. Yet, that is precisely what the internet and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide,” said May.
Last week, Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner, Andrew Colvin, said tackling the online world is a “genuinely wicked problem” for police forces.
“Technology presents challenges to governments like almost never before,” Colvin said. “It is a realm that we cannot simply legislate or regulate to control — we must work with the industry who have their hands on the levers, and invariably, they are in the private sector.”
Colvin called for the use of traditional and non-traditional policing capabilities to ensure criminals cannot hide behind encryption to avoid the law.
“Prolific growth in the use of encryption technology is an everyday reality for investigators, and we cannot afford for this to remain an obstacle.”