Some 40 participants, including representatives of the parliament of Turkmenistan and the national Ombudsman office as well as prosecutors, judges, investigators and law-enforcement officers, considered issues related to the international legal and human rights frameworks on countering the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes.
The topics of discussion include strategies for regulating the Internet and combatting violent extremist content online, developing special investigative skills in computer forensics and utilizing advanced methods to collect, document and retrieve relevant digital evidence stored on computers or mobile devices while upholding human rights and the rule of law.
Twelve international experts from Germany, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Portugal, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, the United States, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Anti-Terrorism Centre of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) exchange experiences on the current trends of modern communications technologies used for terrorist objectives. They will also share good practices in promoting a comprehensive approach to preventing the use of the Internet as a facilitator of terrorist and violent extremist activities, and the role of media in these processes.
The seminar will provide an opportunity to build networks among the national stakeholders in Turkmenistan and reinforce inter-agency co-operation in countering the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes in the country. Earlier this week, the OSCE also convened a two-day seminar entitled “Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism: a Whole-of-Society Approach” in Ashgabat.