International News Update : Co-operation & seamless info sharing can prevent misuse of internet by terrorists, BRICS nations

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New Delhi, Apr 15 : The BRICS nations have asserted that mutual co-operation and seamless information can prevent the misuse of internet by terrorists.

In a two-day virtual seminar organised by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) ) on “Misuse of Internet for Terrorist Purposes and Role of Digital Forensics in Terrorist Investigations” on April 13 -14, the representatives of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) acknowledged that the current milieu of breakneck technological innovations and ever evolving digital landscape, the challenges pertaining to prevention, control and prosecution of the terrorist misuse of internet are immense hence, the sharing of information on real time basis and strict vigilance can stop this misuse and can create a safer and secure environment for the citizens of BRICS member states as well as the whole world, the NIA said here on Thursday.

During the meet, 40 experts from the five member countries deliberated upon technical sessions including ‘Exploitation of Social Media as an Arsenal ’, ‘Dark web and Anonymizers’, ‘Emerging Technologies and Artificial Intelligence’, ‘Cryptocurrency and Virtual Assets: Vulnerability of Privacy and Online Stealth’, Equipping Law Enforcement Agencies: CT Investigations and Digital Forensics to deal with such challenges, it added.

In addition, two panel discussions on engaging multiple stakeholders from both public and private sectors to tackle the misuse of internet and enhancing international co-operation to effectively tackle the exploitation of the Internet by terrorists for their nefarious activities were also held.

BRICS member states in the 3rd Counter Terrorism Working Group(CTWG) at White River in South Africa had agreed to establish five sub working groups dedicated to enhance debates over specific challenges on counter-terrorism front and during the 4th CTWG meeting at Brasilia, India was given the Presidency of the sub-working group on “Misuse of Internet for Terrorist Purposes” for one year.

The summit was organised by the National Investigation Agency and was inaugurated by the Union Home Secretary on April 13.


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