Australian hackathon takes on Islamic State

SYDNEY – In a small room close by the Sydney Opera House, 60 people representing a vast range of communities and industries are working feverishly to come up with ways to combat the Islamic State group’s online propaganda machine. The United States and its

allies have struggled to counter the digitally savvy group, but a pair of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are leading a grassroots-charge to take on IS in cyberspace, travelling around the world to host hackathon challenges. The latest hackathon competition — the fourth in the past five months — is being held alongside a two-day countering violent extremism conference in Australia’s biggest city, attended by high-level officials and experts and opened by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.



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