FRISCO – Fighting Terrorist Content Online

Terrorist content and other illegal content online are an increasing issue both from a security and public policy perspective. As a response, the Terrorist Content Online (TCO) Regulation is addressing violent extremism and the dissemination of TCO, setting out specific measures that hosting service providers (HSPs) exposed to TCO must implement. However, these measures might represent an important burden for HSPs and especially for micro and small HSPs, which are the target group of this call and this project “Fighting Terrorist Content Online” – FRISCO.

The general objective of FRISCO, started last November, is to support HSPs to comply with the TCO regulation, through:

  • Inform and increase HSPs’ awareness of the TCO Regulation and their new obligations
  • Develop and validate tools, frameworks and mechanisms to support HSPs in the implementation of the TCO regulation
  • Sharing experience, best practices and tools to support the implementation of the TCO regulation.

The project activities are based on the first mapping of the technical and human needs of target HSPs and their level of awareness of the TCO regulation. Based on this in WP2 tools, frameworks and mechanisms will be developed and validated. WP3 will enhance the capacity building of HSPs and WP4 will support raising their awareness in relation to compliance duties. Finally, WP5 will disseminate the results of the project.

The project gathers 7 beneficiary partners from 6 European countries (Greece, France, Holland, Germany, Italy, and Hungary). It involves a law enforcement agency (French Ministry of Interior), trusted flagger organisations (VPN, INACH), a research centre (NCSR-D), a tech company (Tremau), an umbrella organisation of HSPs (IVSZ) and an association for digital learning (European Digital Learning Network ETS).

As a result of the project targeted HSPs will have a better understanding of what is TCO and will be better prepared to deal with it and comply with the TCO Regulation. This will lead to safer navigation online by reducing the risk to encounter TCO.