Several things can evoke the pain associated with acts of terrorism. A picture splattered across page one of a newspaper of a husband and wife cradling their baby following a bomb; a movie which shows the devastation following an army invasion.
But, recently, the United Nations has found a new medium to help the message resonate – the Internet.
Last week, counterterrorist officials from more than 30 countries met in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at a United Nations-sponsored workshop to discuss how the World Wide Web can be used to denounce acts of violence, according to a New York Times article published Sunday.
“The terrorist message, for all its deviancy and destructiveness, has gone unchallenged for too long,” Richard Barrett, a conference organizer who heads a United Nations office that monitors sanctions on Al Qaeda and the Taliban, said in the article.
As terrorists plot to harm various sects of the world, United Nations representatives are planning an attack of their own, one in which the Internet is their battleground. Working with international organizations as well as with private and nonprofit groups, several governments are working to “undermine the appeal of terrorists, expose their lack of legitimacy and attack the credibility of their ideology and online messengers.”
The Internet, according to these representatives, can serve as a forum to fight terrorism without the artillery and machine weapons.
And the best soldiers, according to the Times article, are those that previously performed acts of violence and are now speaking out about why their behavior was wrong. From “extremists who have renounced their pasts to Pakistani cricket stars who presumably have wide appeal among the youth solicited by both sides,” these messengers are the ones who can properly deliver the message.
In the wake of September 11, government officials have been working tirelessly to find ways to combat acts of terrorism. Some state that the best offense is a collaboration of human intelligence. The argument has been made that by working with other groups and sharing information, intelligence can be used to thwart terrorist plans.
The Obama administration has recently been advocating for government officials to be able more easily monitor into Internet and e-mail communications. Government officials have contended that law enforcement needs to make it more possible to tap into encrypted e-mails and perform phone taps when the conversation concerns terrorism or public safety issues. The issue has been met with both criticism and skepticism.
While calling for possible wiretaps on all communications and the entire Web might be a bit extremist, for lack of a better word, using the Internet as a secret weapon to fight terrorism, as suggested at the United Nations conference, might be a more diplomatic approach.
Want to learn more about the latest in communications & technology? Then be sure to attend ITEXPO East 2011, taking place Feb 2-4, 2011, in Miami. ITEXPO offers an educational program to help corporate decision makers select the right IP-based voice, video, fax and unified communications solutions to improve their operations. It's also where service providers learn how to profitably roll out the services their subscribers are clamoring for – and where resellers can learn about new growth opportunities. To register, click here.
TechZone360 Web Editor
When the WannaCry ransomware attacked companies all over the world in 2017, experts soon realized it was meant to be stopped by regular updating. Even…
TMC recently announced the launch of three new artificial intelligence events under the banner of The New Intelligence. I recently spoke with TMC's Ex…
Organizations must align internally to achieve effective innovation. Companies should consider creating cross-functional teams or, at a minimum, incre…
The three events that are part of The New Intelligence are all about how businesses and service providers, and their customers, can benefit from artif…
TMC announced the launch of The New Intelligence conference and expo - The Event Powering the AI Revolution. This exciting new event will take place o…