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In Ischia, a G7 of interior ministers on foreign fighters

Ⓒ AFP – ANDREAS SOLARO – | The Italian island of Ischia on October 18, 2017, which hosts a meeting of G7 interior ministers

G7 interior ministers meet Thursday and Friday on the southern Italian island of Ischia to discuss the threat posed to their country by foreign fighters fleeing after the fall of several jihadist strongholds.

Another big debate, the one that will be devoted to the fight against “terrorism” on the internet, in the presence of representatives of four giants of the web: Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft.

After the release of Raqa, the former Syrian stronghold of the Islamic State (EI), the fate of dozens of foreign fighters will take on a special importance for this G7. It will also discuss the exchange of information between States in order to effectively combat this phenomenon.

Between 25,000 and 30,000 people of about 100 different nationalities (including 5,000 from Europe) form this trained contingent who could spread around the world and force many countries to face this “diaspora of return”, recently explained the Italian Minister of the Interior, Marco Minniti, who will chair this G7.

“This is the largest foreign legion ever seen,” Minniti emphasized, stressing the importance for Europe “to have a process of border control without risk of fighting are added to spontaneous terrorism “.

In addition to the Canadian, French, German, Japanese, British and American Ministers, European Commissioners Dimitris Avramopoulos (Migrations) and Julian King (Security), as well as Interpol General Secretary Jürgen Stock will essentially take place on Friday morning.

Thursday will be devoted to the welcome ceremony and the traditional family photo.

– Web giants –

Also on the agenda, the fight against terrorism on the Internet will benefit from the expertise of prominent representatives of the four web giants announced.

Google sent its public policy advisor and director Nicklas Lundblad, Microsoft its vice president for European affairs John Frank, Facebook its responsible for antiterrorist policies Brian Fishman and Twitter his public relations chief Nick Pickles.

“The web is decisive in the process of radicalization. More than 80% of conversions and radicalizations are done on the internet,” Marco Minniti said.

By inviting the four strategic groups to manage the personal data of millions of users, the seven most powerful countries in the world hope to achieve a common commitment in the fight against terrorism during the declaration final of the G7 scheduled for Friday.

In June, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube (Google / Alphabet) announced the creation of the Global Forum on the Internet against Terrorism, an initiative aimed at acting against the jihadist contents on the web.

“We are convinced that by working together, sharing the best technological and operational elements of our individual efforts, we will have a greater impact on the threat posed by online terrorist content,” they said in a joint statement .

They had also promised more collaboration with counter-terrorism experts, including “governments or civil society groups”.

Some 2,000 police and military personnel will be mobilized to ensure the protection of the delegations and prevent any risk of attack during the G7 in Ischia.

The small tourist island, located about 30 kilometers off Naples, was chosen by the Italian government for its symbolic value after the earthquake that mourned it on 21 August.

But the forces of order will also endeavor to avoid any overflow of the inevitable anti-globalization processions.

A few hundred people are expected to board the port of Naples on Thursday morning for a parade, authorized by the authorities but will be kept away from the hotel where the various delegations are expected.

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