College IT departments told to deploy anti-terror dragnet

“The government has told colleges to monitor web browsing for Islamic extremist sites and report students to police, drawing criticism from union chiefs that it could alienate muslim communities. The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) released a ‘toolkit’ yesterday calling on IT departments to ‘prevent staff or students from accessing illegal or inappropriate material through college ICT systems, including having appropriate monitoring systems in place with recourse to police and other partners as necessary.’ ‘Using college computers to email terrorist publications to others would be a criminal offence,’ it continues. The DIUS document also notes the use of social networking sites by extremist groups …” (more)

[Chris Williams, The Register, 19 February]

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