Gilles de Kerchove

Video games insufficiently controlled, says EU counterterrorism coordinator

According to Gilles de Kerchove, EU coordinator for the fight against terrorism, video games deserve to be more regulated. A few days before the presentation of a law to reduce excess on the Web, the manager spoke to AFP.

Gilles de Kerchove

If the video games are often the scene of a lively controversy, they which one accuses of being harmful at the origin of the worst evils of the company, that could well put some oil on the fire. Gilles de Kerchove, appointed to the post of EU counterterrorism coordinator 13 years ago, explained in an interview with AFP thatit is high time to regulate video games more.

“I’m not saying the whole gaming industry is a problem. There are two billion people who play online, and that’s very good, ”argues Gilles de Kerchove. On the other hand, he adds that video games can be an alternative means of spreading the ideology of the far right, but not only.

Video games can also be used to launder money

According to Gilles de Kerchove, there are “far-right groups in Germany who have invented games aimed at shooting Arabs, or the American billionaire of Hungarian origin George Soros, or German Chancellor Angela Merkel for its immigration policy, etc. ”

The counterterrorism coordinator also explains that video games can be used to launder money. Currencies created in games can be exchanged for legal tender. In addition, video games can be a form of communication and transmit encrypted messages. Finally, they are likely to be a way to test attack scenarios.

A bill on digital services will be presented on December 9

Gilles de Kerchove also believes that platforms like Facebook and YouTube are also problematicbecause they leverage user feedback to drive engagement. This is one of the aspects that he wishes to discuss shortly with the European executive. The December 9th, the European Commission is expected to present a bill on digital services, aimed at regulating excess and hate speech on the Internet.

In its sights, we also find encrypted messaging applications, such as WhatsApp. One of the solutions being considered to tackle hate messages would be to force providers of encrypted communications to give police and prosecutors unencrypted versions of messages sent on the orders of a judge. A measure that is rather complicated to implement, since WhatsApp’s encryption works from end to end.

Source: Barrons