SEO as Foreign Policy

By Deane Barker on April 9, 2009

Whitehall to train pro-West Islamic groups to game Google: The new battleground in foreign relations: SEO.

[The U.K. government] will train pro-West Islamic groups to manipulate their Google search ranking in an attempt to drown out extremist voices online, The Register has learned.

[…] A Home Office spokesman confirmed search engine optimisation training is part of the government’s anti-radicalisation strategy. “In order to support mainstream voices, we work with local partners to help develop their communication, representational and leadership skills,” he said.