28/06/2011

Tánaiste Addresses 'Google Summit Against Extreme Violence'

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, has addressed the 'Google Summit Against Extreme Violence' at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

The Summit, which took place last night, is an initiative of Google in association with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Tribeca Film Festival, focusing on the role that new technology can play in combating violent extremism.

Speaking ahead of the event, and noting Ireland’s unique position as a European Internet hub, Eamon Gilmore said: “I warmly welcome this initiative by Google, which has brought together an impressive and diverse range of participants from all over the world to explore the role of technology in combating violent extremism. Google is at the heart of the information and communications revolution and is a welcome addition to our economy and our society in Ireland.

“The story of our own peace process demonstrates the potential for politics and the democratically-expressed will of the people, each given their opportunity, to deliver transformational change.”

The Tánaiste added: “In order to ensure that ideological extremism cannot fuel ongoing conflicts, we must be responsive to the opportunities that new communication technologies offer. It is the responsibility of those of us who believe in the fundamental principles of democracy and freedom to take these arguments to the new coalface of the information age and to make our voices heard.”

(BMcN/KMcA)

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