India seeking global action to tackle use of Internet for radicalisation

Vastavam web: Responses to terrorism must be similar across geographies and cultures and differential standards must not be accepted, India has said, seeking global action to tackle the evolving threat of Internet being used by terrorists for radicalisation and
terror financing.Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar made the remarks during a high-level meeting at the UN on ‘Preventing Terrorist Use of Internet’ hosted by the UK and Italy on Wednesday.”Internet backbone, critical Internet resources and data centres should be dispersed and redundant to mitigate impact of major terror attacks, Jaishankar said, according to a transcripts released by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations on Friday.

This forum is an effort to more actively attack this problem and we applaud that,” he said.The top Indian diplomat said that India is
cognizant of the threat posed by terrorists using Internet.”Our pluralism and democratic values make us particularly sensitive to its dangers. We may have held out better than many others, yet the rapid growth of internet users now close to 500 million and growing
underlines the scale of the challenge,” the top Indian diplomat said.In his remarks, Jaishankar said the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) is an encouraging development because combating terrorist usage of Internet has stakeholders beyond the government.

In the presence of UK Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, leaders from industry and several countries met on the margins of the UN General Assembly to re-affirm their collective determination to
prevent the Internet from being misused by terrorist groups and individuals.Participants of the meeting in a statement said that they believe that the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism provides the best over-arching mechanism to tackle the evolving threat posed by Internet being used by terrorists.As leaders of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube emphasised their shared ambition to prevent terrorists from exploiting the Internet to radicalise, recruit and spread propaganda, and to protect their users from terrorists and violent extremists
online.