Europol Practices Post-Terror Incident Response

Europol Practices Post-Terror Incident Response

Global law enforcers, governments and the tech industry came together last week to practice their response to the hypothetical viral spread of terrorist content online following a serious attack.

The tabletop exercise, revealed this week, was organized by the European Commission and Europol, and featured global police, online service providers, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), the Christchurch Call, the Aqaba Process and policy makers from across the globe.

It was designed to test the efficacy of the EU Crisis Protocol, created in 2019, to allow member states and online providers to respond in a rapid but coordinated way to dissemination of terrorist content, following a real-world attack.

It was formed in response to the aftermath of the Christchurch attack in 2019, which prompted a “Christchurch Call for Action.”

“Terrorist attacks in Christchurch, Halle and Conflans-Sainte-Honorine serve as strong reminders that the online dimension can be an integral part of a terrorist attack, with the aim of further spreading the messages and objectives of terrorists,” said Yolanda Gallego-Casilda Grau, EU Commission representative and head of the prevention of radicalisation unit.

“Our partnerships with tech companies facilitate the rapid assessment of the online impact of

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