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Record #: R2017-1097   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 12/13/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Joint Committee: Finance; Public Safety
Final action:
Title: Call for internet search engines such as Google and Yahoo, internet service providers, and individual websites accessible within U.S. to eliminate access to content purporting to instruct viewers on bomb making or other terrorist instructions
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M., Reboyras, Ariel
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Public Safety
Attachments: 1. R2017-1097.pdf
Related files: R2019-362

WHEREAS, terrorist acts continue to roil cities nationally and throughout the globe; and ^

WHEREAS, most recently, on the morning of December 11, 2017, an individual detonated a homemade pipe bomb in a transit hub in New York City; and

WHEREAS, the bomber downloaded easily accessible information from the internet on how to build such a device; and

WHEREAS, the revelation has reignited pressure on internet search engines, service providers, and websites to eliminate or restrict the availability of these videos on their platforms; and

WHEREAS, instructions on destructive device-building and information about terrorism recruitment websites are readily available via large and popular search engines such as Google; and k

WHEREAS, in response to incidents such as this attack, Google has stated that "it now instructs its human reviewers to mark violent or hateful content as low quality" which will likely move such sites lower in Google's results, but has stopped well-short of removing them; and

WHEREAS, internet service providers should re-examine their policies regarding how to respond when users visit extremist websites; and

WHEREAS, the internet is at its most powerful as an unfettered conduit of information to all corners of the world; and

WHEREAS, as with all power, it stands poised to impart great benefit as much as it does great harm; and

WHEREAS, the use ofthe web to inform terrorists acts of any scope is a clearly unacceptable and criminal use; and

WHEREAS, extremists post their videos, photos, and messages on a variety of sites across the internet, and their followers often download the content and re-upload it after it is pulled down; and

WHEREAS, OEMC's "See Something Say Something" campaign should highlight that social media platforms and websites are not excluded from the call for public vigilance and reporting; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago, as do many other American cities, has an utmost commitment to terrorism prevention efforts; ...

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