Viral PeaceThe US government is taking its "war on terror" to the internet.
US Embassy in Jakarta hosts "Generation Change" and "Viral Peace" workshops for Indonesian students. (Flickr/Creative Commons)
As reported on Wired, a programme known as Viral Peace aims to engage with those they deem as extremists or potential extremists on various websites and message boards. They intend to use "logic, humour, satire, [and] religious arguments, not just to confront [extremists], but to undermine and demoralise them."
The US government is concerned with the growing trend of groups using the internet for recruiting purposes. Much like Harakat Al-Shabab Al Mujahideen, the Somali arm of Al-Qaeda, which recently began using twitter. The @HSMPress handle has over 13,000 followers.