Many countries are currently debating legislation to combat terrorist websites (for example the UAE, the U.K., the U.S., and the E.U.) yet most proposals offered to-date would have little real impact. Most websites would simply move to more friendly or less regulated countries. As the press release for the OSCE meeting stated:
"...the Internet - unlike any other medium - is not linked to any physical location. People intent on abusing cyberspace for terrorist purposes can do so from virtually anywhere in the world with just a laptop and an Internet connection."The OSCE meeting agenda included:
- Strengthening of and complying with the international legal framework
- Enhancing national legislation and regulations
- Improving relevant national counter-terrorism measures
- Promoting and adapting bilateral and multilateral co-operation
- Strengthening co-operation with the private and academic sectors
- Freedom of expression and other relevant human rights considerations
"Unfortunately, there is not a coherent strategy in Europe, especially among the 27 European Union member nations, as to what to do," said Sajjan Gohel, director for international security at the London-based Asia-Pacific Foundation.
"There's a lot of good talking, a lot of fine words, but those need to backed up with fine deeds," he said.
Combating terrorist use of the Internet
Experts urge cooperation to target terrorist misuse of Web