Using the Internet for public provocation to commit a terrorist act could soon be made a criminal offence throughout the European Union. Under proposals to be adopted next week, the EU would expand existing legislation to do this. The European Commission says it wants to close down the World Wide Web as a “virtual training camp” for terrorists. Certain kinds of Internet use could even be considered an offence if no actual attack resulted.
The offence is defined as making available a message to the public with the intent to incite terrorist activity. A memorandum from Brussels calls the Internet one of the principal boosters of the process of radicalisation and recruitment of militants. Other measures in next week’s package include an action plan to improve the traceability of explosives.