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Google's next mission: Fighting violent extremism

Today Google's new think tank will host a summit on what makes some youths join radical groups and what makes others turn away.

Neo-Nazi groups and al-Qaeda might not seem to have much in common, but they do in one key respect: their recruits tend to be very young. The head of Google’s new think tank, Jared Cohen, believes there might be some common reasons why young people are drawn to violent extremist groups, no matter their ideological or philosophical bent. So this summer, Cohen is spearheading a conference, in Dublin, Ireland, to explore what it is that draws young people to these groups and what can be done to redirect them.

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