Ending the plague of anonymity on the Internet seems closer to fruition following moves this week by the UN Security Council.
Re-affirming its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security the President of the Security Council re-iterated:
...the urgent need to globally counter the activities of ISIL (Da'esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities to incite and recruit to commit terrorist acts...
by a variety of measures including:
...developing the most effective means to counter terrorist propaganda, incitement and recruitment, including through the Internet, in compliance with international law, including international human rights law...
The President called on its Counter-Terrorism Committee in close consultation with other relevant United Nations bodies and international and regional organizations as well as interested Member States to present a comprehensive international framework to the Security Council by 30 April 2017.
Steven A Crown, vice president and deputy general counsel of Microsoft told the Security Council:
...there is no silver bullet that will stop terrorist use of the Internet.
Crown was quick to acknowledge:
For the internet industry, the scale of the terrorist challenge is daunting. We know that there are tens of thousands terrorist internet accounts that refuse to die. As one is taken down, another quickly springs up in its place.
Crown's appearance marked the first time a representative of a technology company has addressed the U.N.'s most powerful body.
Crown was surely being naïve in expressing this opinion.
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