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Countering Violent Extremism: An Ill Wind?

Countering Violent Extremism: An Ill Wind?

There’s an ill wind blowing through the world of psy-science, inhabited by psychiatrists, psychologists and psycho-analysts. For the past couple of decades, two prevailing paradigms have been battling for dominance, both involving the approach to diagnosis and thus prognosis. One the one hand, there is the medical or ‘illness’ approach, in which the ‘disorders’ are

Cyberwar, but not as we know it.

We were promised things like Stuxnet, or massive DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. And the hackers and geeks obliged. We remain, rightly, concerned about the developing nature of pure cyberwar. Yet, it’s not all about the really sophisticated stuff. In fact, this season’s mechanism a la mode is something which allies the basics of

Journalistic sources: must be protected

Lord Black spoke during the passage of the Investigatory Powers Bill about the importance of the protection of journalistic sources as he attempted, with others, to introduce an amendment that would guarantee their protection. He told the Lords that:  “The protection of sources is crucial for investigative reporting, whistleblowing and indeed free and unfettered political debate.

Advocating for media defence and freedom of expression in South Sudan

By Nani Jansen[1] Last week, I had the pleasure of delivering a training on freedom of expression for Albany Associates to a group of around 30 lawyers affiliated with the Center for Human Rights Lawyers in Juba, South Sudan. It was my first time there; in spite of having worked extensively across the continent over

Countering Violent Extremism in Jordan – Time for a Rethink

  Recent months have seen a rise in terrorist attacks in Jordan, including a shooting in the largest Palestinian refugee camp and the bombing of border guards near the border with Syria. But the violence could have been much worse, and the government has been successful in averting most of the planned attacks. With figures

Breaching the Barricades: Biased Algorithms and Countering Violent Radicalisation

We all suffer from confirmation bias. As Warren Buffet said, “What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information so that their prior conclusions remain intact.” We always have been, we always will be. With today’s internet, algorithms feed us what we want. So we may be directed quickly and conveniently

Legal Expert Wants Laws On Criminal Libel Repealed

this article was originally published on MONROVIA, May 11 (LINA) – The Legal Consultant of Albany Associates Ltd. is calling on the government and other stakeholders to work together to ensure that Criminal Libel and other laws that affect freedom of speech and the press are repealed to enhance freedom of expression in Liberia. Dr.

Remarks by Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf held at PA’s Rib House, Lakpazee

Ladies and Gentlemen Let me thank Internews for the invitation to make this opening remark at the two-day seminar “Media Law and Regulatory Reform Stakeholders’ Conference”. We understand that Internews, with world-wide experience is empowering media in more than 90 countries – which will use such leverage to assist our local media to become more