The online forum will focus on the preconditions necessary to establish effective and mutually beneficial public-private partnerships to combat terrorist use of the Internet. In addition, it will explore ways how such partnerships can be institutionalised. The forum will also look into the vital role of Internet users and civil society as third partners within PPPs to combat terrorist use of the Internet as well as identify how the OSCE can further contribute to such partnerships.
Effective PPPs are considered a necessity both by the public and private sector to combat terrorist use of the Internet. Most of the Internet infrastructure including communication systems and platforms are privately owned, yet it is largely in the hands of state authorities to act upon its misuse.
In reality, however, the relationship is often unequal, on an ad hoc basis, and rarely formalised. There are a number of challenges associated with such co-operation, including the borderless character of the Internet; different national laws related to terrorist use of the Internet; limited knowledge of each others expertise, and many more.
In the middle is the individual Internet user – both in his/her role as first responder by detecting terrorist use of the Internet e.g. on social networking in the first place, and reporting it, as well as in his/her role as “last line of defence” through responsible and privacy conscious use of the Internet thereby preventing possible abuse. As such effective PPPs to combat terrorist use of the Internet are multi-stakeholder relationships between authorities, Internet related companies as well as Internet users, and by extension civil society.
The forum will seek to address the following key issues:
Background: 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 8 October 2012 (9:00 hrs, Vienna time) and close on 12 October 2012 (17:00 hrs, Vienna time).