The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime claims that the world’s biggest online social network is increasingly being used by terrorists to recruit sympathizers spread propaganda and plan potential attacks, according. The office issued today Monday, October 22 2012, a report in 148-page about the “The Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes.”
“Promotion of extremist rhetoric encouraging violent acts is also a common trend across the growing range of Internet- based platforms that host user-generated content,” the director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Mr. Yury Fedotov said in a press conference held at the Austrian Interior Ministry in Vienna about “The Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes”. He added that Twitter Inc. and Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Youtube were also identified as primary conduits.
The press conference was held besides the main session of “the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes” at the Austrian Ministry of Interior in Vienna.
The conference was attended by the Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov; Hungarian Interior Minister Sandor Pinter, Security Minister to British Home Office James Brokenshire and President of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution Georg Maassen and many others.
The conference was organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The (UNODC) launched a publication to provide practical guidance to Member States for more effective investigation and prosecution of terrorist cases involving the use of the Internet. The publication, entitled “The use of the Internet for terrorist purposes”, is the first of its kind and was produced in collaboration with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force.
Terrorist groups and their supporters use the internet to recruit, finance, spread propaganda, train and incite followers to commit acts of terrorism, as well as to gather and disseminate information for terrorist purposes. The use of the Internet for terrorist purposes disregards national borders, amplifying the potential impact on victims.
Speaking at the launch, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said: “Potential terrorists use advanced communications technology often involving the Internet to reach a worldwide audience with relative anonymity and at a low cost. Just as Internet use among regular, lawful citizens has increased in the past few years, terrorist organizations also make extensive use of this indispensable global network for many different purposes.” Mr. Fedotov said that with the new tool, UNODC aimed to provide practical guidance for the investigation and prosecution of cases where the Internet is used for terrorism.
Through real examples of legal cases, the publication explores Member States’ legislation dealing with the terrorist use of the Internet and demonstrates the difficulties faced by Member States in criminalizing and prosecuting such acts. It further provides guidance on current legal frameworks and practice at the national and international levels relating to the criminalization, investigation and prosecution of terrorist cases involving the Internet.
The publication emphasizes the need for enhancement of cooperation between criminal justice systems and the private sector; as well as international cooperation particularly where the preservation and retention of Internet-related data takes place in several jurisdictions
Produced with financial support from Government of the United Kingdom, the publication is intended for use both as a stand-alone resource for criminal justice practitioners, and in support of the capacity-building initiatives of UNODC.
As a key United Nations entity for delivering counter-terrorism legal and related technical assistance, UNODC works to strengthen the capacity of national criminal justice systems to implement the provisions of the international legal instruments against terrorism. UNODC actively participates in the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, ensuring that the UNODC counter-terrorism work is carried out in the broader context of, and coordinated with, United Nations system-wide efforts through the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.