Clean IT project

The Clean IT Project (also CleanIT) was a two-year €326,000 European initiative to require internet-based services to adopt various "Terms and Conditions" to encourage the removal of objectionable, yet possibly legal, material from the internet without the intervention of the state. Service providers would also be obliged to make available tools for flagging "terrorist" or "radicalising" material. It also encourages the use of filters, similar to network-level filters proposed for adult content filtering.

The final document was presented on 30 January 2013.


1) Increased international cooperation to help to reduce terrorist use of the internet, with the legal framework clearly explained to users, NGOs, authorities and internet companies

2) All such actions must be in accordance with human rights and fundamental freedoms

3) More internet companies should explicitly state that they will not tolerate terrorist use of their platforms

4) Cyber security awareness and education should be increased and include terrorist use of the internet

5) There should be more ways to easily report terrorist use of social media; many users currently do not report what they believe is illegal

6) A browser based reporting mechanism should be developed to allow easier reporting of terrorist use of the internet

7) Internet providers currently lack the specialist knowledge to determine whether content is illegal and this should be remedied

8) Some orders to remove content are insufficiently specific

9) Governments, internet companies, authorities and NGOs are sometimes unsure of who to contact regarding terrorist use of the internet

10) Cooperation in investigations must be improved

11) Removed content tends to simply appear on a different internet provider; companies should share more information on abuses of their networks

12) Parental and other end-user controlled blocking mechanisms should address terrorist use

13) An academic network that is respected by all stakeholders should perform research to expand upon existing knowledge of terrorist use of the internet

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