Monday, November 19, 2007

OSCE Discusses Action against Terrorism on the Web

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) based in Vienna held a two day conference to discuss the use of websites by terrorist supporters.

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:
  1. Strengthening of and complying with the international legal framework
  2. Enhancing national legislation and regulations
  3. Improving relevant national counter-terrorism measures
  4. Promoting and adapting bilateral and multilateral co-operation
  5. Strengthening co-operation with the private and academic sectors
  6. 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.

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