By Brandon Bailey and Julie Pace, Associated Press
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — With extremists finding fertile ground for recruitment online, the White House dispatched top national security officials to Silicon Valley to seek the tech industry’s help in disrupting the Islamic State group and other terrorists.
At a high-level session Friday, industry leaders and government officials discussed ways to use technology to stop terrorists from radicalizing people online and spurring them to violence, according to a meeting agenda obtained by The Associated Press.
While tech industry leaders say they want to be good citizens, they don’t want to undercut free speech or be viewed as government agents. And tech leaders have clashed with the Obama administration before over encryption of online data and messages.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper were slated to attend the session, along with President Barack Obama’s chief of staff and his top counterterrorism adviser.
Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and LinkedIn also reportedly sent representatives.
The meeting Friday in San Jose, California, came as the Obama administration tries to beef up cooperation with social-media groups and online companies whose platforms are often used by extremists to attract followers, disseminate their message and organize attacks. Obama said in a recent speech that he planned to “urge high-tech and law enforcement leaders to make it harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice.”
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