Summit Against Violent Extremism by Google Ideas Launches

Google Ideas seeks to bring the ideas of a wide range of thinkers to bear on the most vexing and intractable challenges of the 21st century.Why does a 13-year old boy in a tough neighborhood in South Central LA join a gang? Why does a high school student in a quiet, Midwestern American town sign […]

Google Ideas seeks to bring the ideas of a wide range of thinkers to bear on the most vexing and intractable challenges of the 21st century.

Why does a 13-year old boy in a tough neighborhood in South Central LA join a gang? Why does a high school student in a quiet, Midwestern American town sign on neo-Nazis who preach white supremacy? Why does a young woman in the Middle East abandon her family and future and become a suicide bomber?

"Google Ideas is today convening the Summit Against Violent Extremism, bringing together former gang members, right-wing extremists, jihadists and militants in Dublin for three days of debates and workshops. All these "formers" have rejected violence and are working for groups recognized by governments and law enforcement that fight extremism. Extremists have taken advantage of new Internet technologies to spread their message. We believe technology also can become part of the solution, helping to engineer a turn away from violence," Google stated.

"We're also inviting survivors of violent extremism who're engaged in some of the most important activism around this issue. They'll remind us of the horrors and loss associated with the challenge of violent extremism. Representatives from civil society, along with a stellar group of academics, will participate and provide additional texture."

"The ideas generated at the Dublin summit will be included in a study to be published later in the year. We're undertaking this project without preconceptions," google said.

"Our partners in this venture are the Council on Foreign Relations, which'll look at the policy implications, and the Tribeca Film Festival, which emerged out of the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and which'll explore the role of film and music on and in fighting extremism," google added.

[Source: European Public Policy Blog]