本文摘要:The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) is the first terrorist group whose members have grown up on the internet. They are exploiting the power of the web to create a jihadi threat with near-global reach. The challenge to governmen


The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) is the first terrorist group whose members have grown up on the internet. They are exploiting the power of the web to create a jihadi threat with near-global reach. The challenge to governments and their intelligence agencies is huge – and it can only be met with greater co-operation from technology companies.“伊拉克和黎凡特伊斯兰国”(ISIS)是第一个成员在网络时代长大的恐怖组织。利用网络的力量,他们完全在全球范围内生产圣战威胁。

各国政府和情报机构面临的挑战是极大的,只有与科技企业进行更加了解的合作,才能解决问题这个挑战。Terrorists have long made use of the internet. But Isis’s approach is different in two important areas. Where al-Qaeda and its affiliates saw the internet as a place to disseminate material anonymously or meet in “dark spaces”, Isis has embraced the web as a noisy channel in which to promote itself, intimidate people, and radicalise new recruits.恐怖分子早已不会利用网络了。但在两个最重要的方面,ISIS的策略和此前的恐怖组织有所不同。

基地的组织(al-Qaeda)及其附属的组织将网络看作电子邮件散播材料或者暗地集会的场所,而ISIS把网络当作传播大量消息的渠道,利用它宣传自身、报复民众、让新成员显得更加保守。The extremists of Isis use messaging and social media services such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, and a language their peers understand. The videos they post of themselves attacking towns, firing weapons or detonating explosives have a self-conscious online gaming quality. Their use of the World Cup and Ebola hashtags to insert the Isis message into a wider news feed, and their ability to send 40,000 tweets a day during the advance on Mosul without triggering spam controls, illustrates their ease with new media. There is no need for today’s would-be jihadis to seek out restricted websites with secret passwords: they can follow other young people posting their adventures in Syria as they would anywhere else.ISIS的极端分子用于Twitter、Facebook和WhatsApp等消息和社交媒体服务,并且用于他们的同龄人解读的语言。他们公布视频,展出他们反击城镇、射击或者爆炸炸弹的画面,并故意把视频制作成网络游戏的样子。他们用于世界杯(World Cup)和埃博拉(Ebola)作为话题标签,将ISIS的讯息映射范围更加甚广的消息源中。


The Isis leadership understands the power this gives them with a new generation. The grotesque videos of beheadings were remarkable not just for their merciless brutality, which we have seen before from al-Qaeda in Iraq, but for what Isis has learnt from that experience. This time the “production values” were high and the videos stopped short of showing the actual beheading. They have realised that too much graphic violence can be counter-productive in their target audience and that by self-censoring they can stay just the right side of the rules of social media sites, capitalising on western freedom of expression.ISIS的领导层理解,在新一代恐怖分子身上,网络彰显他们什么力量。ISIS公布的可怕斩杀视频之所以不同寻常,不仅是因为内容残暴无情(我们在伊拉克的基地的组织中也看见过这种残暴无情),还因为ISIS汲取了基地的组织的经验。这一次,视频的“生产价值”很高,在展现出确实的斩杀画面前就暂停了。



Isis also differs from its predecessors in the security of its communications. This presents an even greater challenge to agencies such as GCHQ. Terrorists have always found ways of hiding their operations. But today mobile technology and smartphones have increased the options available exponentially. Techniques for encrypting messages or making them anonymous which were once the preserve of the most sophisticated criminals or nation states now come as standard. These are supplemented by freely available programs and apps adding extra layers of security, many of them proudly advertising that they are “Snowden approved”. There is no doubt that young foreign fighters have learnt and benefited from the leaks of the past two years.在通信安全方面,ISIS和以前的恐怖组织也有所不同。这给英国政府通信总部(GCHQ)这样的机构造成了更大的挑战。恐怖分子总是有各种方法来隐密自己的行动。但今天的移动科技和智能手机让可供选择的方法成倍增加。

一度只有最老练的犯罪分子或者国家才能掌控给信息加密或者使信息电子邮件的技术,如今这些技术已是家常便饭。还有一些免费程序和应用于可为他们获取额外的安全性维护,其中许多在广告中自豪地声称取得“斯诺登证书”。毫无疑问,这些年长的外国战斗人员已从过去一年多的斯诺登爆料中自学并获益。GCHQ and its sister agencies, MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service, cannot tackle these challenges at scale without greater support from the private sector, including the largest US technology companies which dominate the web. I understand why they have an uneasy relationship with governments. They aspire to be neutral conduits of data and to sit outside or above politics. But increasingly their services not only host the material of violent extremism or child exploitation, but are the routes for the facilitation of crime and terrorism. However much they may dislike it, they have become the command-and-control networks of choice for terrorists and criminals, who find their services as transformational as the rest of us. If they are to meet this challenge, it means coming up with better arrangements for facilitating lawful investigation by security and law enforcement agencies than we have now.GCHQ及其姊妹机构军情五处(MI5)和秘密情报局(SIS,英国国内及海外情报机构)如果得到私营部门更大的反对,还包括从主导互联网的美国各大科技公司获得这样的反对,就无法大规模地应付这些挑战。


就像我们其余人一样,那些不法分子也找到它们的服务可以带给极大转变。如果这些企业要应付这些挑战,就应当作出比现在更佳的决定,为安全性和执法人员机构展开合法调查获取便捷。For our part, intelligence agencies such as GCHQ need to enter the public debate about privacy. I think we have a good story to tell. We need to show how we are accountable for the data we use to protect people, just as the private sector is increasingly under pressure to show how it filters and sells its customers’ data. GCHQ is happy to be part of a mature debate on privacy in the digital age. But privacy has never been an absolute right and the debate about this should not become a reason for postponing urgent and difficult decisions.就我们自身而言,GCHQ这样的情报机构必须参予公众对隐私的辩论。



但隐私根本都不是一项意味著的权利,涉及的辩论也不该沦为延期一些严峻而且艰难的决择的理由。To those of us who have to tackle the depressing end of human behaviour on the internet, it can seem that some technology companies are in denial about its misuse. I suspect most ordinary users of the internet are ahead of them: they have strong views on the ethics of companies, whether on taxation, child protection or privacy; they do not want the media platforms they use with their friends and families to facilitate murder or child abuse. They know the internet grew out of the values of western democracy, not vice versa. I think those customers would be comfortable with a better, more sustainable relationship between the agencies and the technology companies. As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the spectacular creation that is the world wide web, we need a new deal between democratic governments and the technology companies in the area of protecting our citizens. It should be a deal rooted in the democratic values we share. That means addressing some uncomfortable truths. Better to do it now than in the aftermath of greater violence.我们这些人有责任应付互联网上的一些令人失望的不道德,在我们显然,一些科技企业或许在坚称互联网不存在被欺诈的情况。


当我们庆典万维网(World Wide Web)这个最出色的建构问世25周年时,民主政府和科技企业必须在公民维护领域达成协议新的协议。这项协议应当基于我们联合的民主价值观。这意味著面临一些令人不安的实情。