The growing influence of Silicon Valley is being felt around the world, notably in Washington D.C., where government officials are increasingly seeking the help of tech companies to fight terrorism. In fact, the Department of Defense recently opened a San Francisco office.
The State Department now has its first representative to Silicon Valley. Plus, just last week, the Department of Justice held a meeting in D.C. focused on fighting terrorism online. Specifically, the government is fighting the terrorist group ISIS, or the Islamic State.
ISIS, which controls much of the Middle East around Iraq and Syria, has been aggressively recruiting new terrorists online and promoting itself to vulnerable, angry, Middle Eastern men as a noble pursuit.
The Dept. of Justice's meeting, called the Madison Valleywood Project, brought together advertising pros from New York City's Madison Avenue, tech experts from Silicon Valley, and content producers from Hollywood.
The idea is to craft anti-terrorist messages and use technology to get those message out. "The [Obama] Administration is committed to taking every action possible to confront and interdict terrorist activities whenever they may occur, including in cyberspace," the Dept. of Justice said, in an official statement.
"We are using this engagement and others to enlist the help of industry leaders and experts in our effort to ensure we bring the most innovative private and public sector thinking to all aspects of combating terrorism."