The online forum will focus on key issues related to how terrorists use Social Networking Tools to communicate, network, incite, glorify and plan. Based on a discussion paper circulated to OSCE participating and Partner States, the goal of the forum discussions will be to identify pertinent responses in line with OSCE commitments as well as to identify how the OSCE can further contribute to countering terrorist use of Social Networking Tools.
A recent report highlighted that 90% of terrorist activity on the Internet takes place using social networking tools. That terrorists are using the Internet is not new; that nearly their entire activity takes place in the relative openness of social networking is a relatively new finding. Terrorists appear to transform low cost and easily accessible social media into a strategic facilitator to communicate, network, incite, glorify and plan. As such, social media can potentially act as a force-multiplier enhancing the organising capabilities of a terrorist group, its ability to shape the public narrative as well as attract the attention of potential new recruits. This forum will explore how best to respond to terrorist use of social networking tools and focus on the following aspects and issues:
The forum is part of a Series of four Online Expert Forums in 2012 on 1) the Internet used as tactical facilitator by terrorists, 2) terrorist use of social networking tools, 3) right wing extremism/terrorist use of the Internet, and 4) institutionalizing Public Private Partnerships to combat terrorist use of the Internet. The conclusions and recommendations of all four forums will be compiled in a report showcasing good practices and responses to this specific threat - embedded within wider cyber security efforts, taking into account the specificities of terrorists as a perpetrator group. One key component of this initiative will be to elaborate on options how the OSCE could further complement international efforts in this field.
The forum will open on 2 July 2012 (9:00 hrs, Vienna time) and close on 6 July 2012 (17:00 hrs, Vienna time).