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The use of the Internet for terrorist purposes.pdf

The use of the Internet for terrorist purposes.pdf

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The Working Group on Countering the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes of
the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force is aimed at coordinating the activities
of the United Nations system in support of the United Nations Global Counter-
Terrorism Strategy, adopted by the General Assembly in its resolution 60/288, in which
Member States resolved to “coordinate efforts at the international and regional levels
to counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations on the Internet” and “use the
Internet as a tool for countering the spread of terrorism, while recognizing that States
may require assistance in this regard”. The Working Group has identifed three key
themes for discussion: legal issues, technical issues and ways in which the international
community might use the Internet more effectively to counter terrorism by exposing
the fallacy of the terrorist message that violence is a legitimate way to effect political
change.

The present study, produced by the United Nations Offce on Drugs and Crime and
conducted within the framework of the Working Group, owes much to the contribution
and support of Member States. It takes discussion of the legal challenges to the next
stage and adds signifcantly to the knowledge and expertise that the Working Group
has accumulated and shared with Member States in that area. In particular, it provides
important examples of Member State legislation dealing with terrorist use of the Internet
and demonstrates, through real examples of legal cases, the diffculties faced by Member
States in criminalizing and prosecuting such acts.

The Working Group is confdent that the present report will help to identify the legisla-
tive areas in which the United Nations can assist in the implementation by Member
States of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in combating the use of the Internet
for terrorist purposes.

Richard Barrett
Coordinator of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team
Co-Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Working Group on
Countering the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes

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