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'Nazi Shazam': German authorities plan to use app to identify banned neo-Nazi music

December 18, 2013

The Nazi extremist movement has prompted police in Germany to develop new software to identify fascist groups according to the music they listen to. To effectively fight against the spread of this music, the German authorities intend to equip the police an application that would recognize  them instantly, according to Der Spiegel.

The ‘German Federal Review Board for Media Harmful to Minors’ blacklisted 79 songs last year for espousing neo-Nazi ideology or having racist lyrics, according to news magazine Der Spiegel.

The application is already known as the "Nazi Shazam," referring to the famous specialized music recognition software. A system that will "pool resources and initiate investigation very quickly," said a government source cited by Der Spiegel.

Considered a gateway to the neo-Nazi and extreme right gate , the music borrows from various genres to attract young. According to Spiegel, the interior ministers of the sixteen federated states should meet this week to discuss this new method.

The new Saxony prototype creates a unique code or “digital fingerprint” based on the frequencies in songs, and then checks music being broadcast on Internet radio, or submitted on a CD or MP3, against a database of gathered “fingerprints” from banned music.




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