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Impero refines radicalisation keyword glossary

Impero Software partners with Hope not Hate to develop and refine its radicalisation keyword glossary

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | January 17, 2016 | E-safety

Network management software provider, Impero Software has partnered with Britain’s largest anti-racism organisation Hope not Hate to continue to update, refine and improve its radicalisation keyword glossary.

Launched in response to demand for the solution from schools, and following new Ofsted inspection requirements, the technology enables teachers to monitor children’s online activity in real-time. It alerts teachers when students on the school network use terms from the radicalisation keyword glossary and provides screenshots along with definitions of terms, so that they can assess use of terms in context and open up educational discussions with young people.

Joe Mulhall, research analyst at Hope not Hate, remarks: “The partnership with Impero is the first of its kind for Hope not Hate and we are very proud to be one of the partners involved in updating its radicalisation keyword glossary. It’s really exciting that Impero’s technology is giving teachers the up-to-date tools they need to open up healthy discussions and educate pupils’  about the dangers of far-right and extremist behaviour.”

We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children, the glossary will enable trusted educators to both critically analyse and discuss with pupils the material which they may not understand and have access to online

Mulhall continues: “By defining and flagging terms such as ‘Fourteen Words’, a reference to a well-known neo-Nazi white-supremacist phrase "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children, the glossary will enable trusted educators to both critically analyse and discuss with pupils the material which they may not understand and have access to online.”

Speaking of the partnership, Sam Pemberton, CEO of Impero Software, says: “We are always delighted to welcome new partners to our radicalisation keyword glossary partner programme. By working together with our partners we can give teachers, who can’t be experts in everything, the best chance of safeguarding pupils in the same way they would against issues such as homophobia, cyberbullying or sexual grooming.”

The government’s Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 which became law in July 2015, means schools now have direct responsibility to, ‘prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. In addition, new Ofsted guidelines recommend that schools use “targeted” and “primary” prevention methods to fight radicalisation, failing to do so could negatively impact both the school’s ratings and reputation.

After an extensive pilot phase including development and refinement of glossary terms with partners, feedback from schools and testing, Impero Software’s radicalisation keyword glossary will be officially released on 31st March 2016. 

Impero will be exhibiting the keyword glossary at the Bett Show 2016 from 20th-23rd January 2016 on stand D350.

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