The GIFCT membership criteria are intended to maintain the integrity of GIFCT while we work towards our mission, promote a culture of multi-stakeholder collaboration, and emphasize the complementary and mutually reinforcing nature of combatting terrorism and violent extremism and ensuring respect for human rights.
The GIFCT membership criteria are designed to be both meaningful and achievable for the diverse range of technology companies with a role to play in countering terrorism and violent extremism online.*
Before joining GIFCT, the applicant company must provide or demonstrate:
- Terms of service, community guidelines, or other publicly available policies that explicitly prohibit terrorist and/or violent extremist activity
- The ability to receive, review, and act on both reports of activity that is illegal and/or violates terms of service and user appeals.
- A desire to explore new technical solutions to counter terrorist and violent extremist activity online
- Regular, public data transparency reports**
- A public commitment to respect human rights in accordance with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs)***
- Support for expanding the capacity of civil society organizations to challenge terrorism and violent extremism
GIFCT members must be technology-related companies seeking to prevent terrorist and violent extremist exploitation of their platform(s) and/or services.****
Upon joining GIFCT, the company must:
- Issue a public statement of commitment to the mission of GIFCT that elaborates on how the company intends to participate in the work of GIFCT and expresses the following:
- An intention to collaborate with the global GIFCT stakeholder community to prevent terrorists and violent extremists from exploiting digital platforms
- The view that combatting terrorism and violent extremism and ensuring respect for human rights are complementary and mutually reinforcing goals
- Respond to an annual survey issued by GIFCT staff on how the company is living up to its membership commitments and making use of and/or contributing to GIFCT initiatives and resources.
- Work towards communicating publicly how the company participates in and contributes to the mission of GIFCT.
Are you a tech company focused on solutions to terrorist and violent extremist exploitation on your platform?
Apply for GIFCT membership to join our industry efforts to study, learn and develop innovative solutions in line with our mission to prevent terrorism and violent extremism exploitation from digital platforms.
The GIFCT-Tech Against Terrorism Partnership
Originally launched by the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (UN CTED) in 2016, Tech Against Terrorism (TaT) partners with GIFCT on two key initiatives: mentorship of platforms interested in joining GIFCT and knowledge sharing within the tech industry and across the private, public, and civil society sectors.
There are five key parts to the GIFCT-TaT mentorship program:
2. In-depth Assessment
3. Resources and Pledge
4. Policy Support
The Knowledge-Sharing Platform is a collection of tools that startups and small tech companies can use to better protect themselves from terrorist and violent extremist exploitation of their services.
Access the Knowledge-Sharing Platform here.
*****We are working with Tech Against Terrorism, our core partner in company mentorship, to conduct annual reviews of members to ensure that they still meet the above criteria.
******These criteria were developed and workshopped with BSR in response to recommendations made as part of a human rights impact assessment conducted for GIFCT between December 2020 and June 2021.