El Comité contra el Terrorismo will review the increasing threat of new technologies

El Comité contra el Terrorismo del Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas celebrates this Friday and Saturday a special meeting in Mumbai and New Delhi, centered on the increasing threat that represents new emerging technologies.

The two-day meeting in India marks the first time that, since 2015, the Committee has met outside the UN headquarters in New York.

The discussion will focus on three areas: the internet and social networks, the financing of global terrorist organizations and the proliferation of unmanned aerial systems, such as drones.

These emerging technologies are developing rapidly and are being used every day with greater frequency by countries around the world with the aim of national security and the fight against terrorism.

But software and hardware of high technology are also increasingly used by terrorist groups for their own illegal purposes.

New technology for terror

La reunión se celebra en India, que leadera el trabajo del Comité hasta finales de este año.

Al informar sobre la reunión a los journalistis en Nueva York, la presidenta del comité, la ambajadora India Ruchira Kamboj, dijo que este encuentro reflekrá los desarrollos recientes y las ultimas investigação basadas en las pruebas que se tienen sobre el terrorismo y el uso de la tecnología.

Dijo que reuniría “una gran candidad de conocimientos y experiencia del mundo real sobre el tema, con la participation de los Estados miembros, socios operativos relevantes y partes interesadas clave”.

The reunion will provide a platform for intercambiar ideas sobre cómo el sector tecnológico puede ayudar a abordar la propaganda terrorista online y contrarrestar de manera efectiva las narratives terroristas.

Además, se espera que discutan cómo los terroristas experts en tecnología están utilizando las innovations para mover dinero, a través de subscription popular (crowdfunding), sale of goods, donations through platforms of social networks and other methods.

There is a growing concern about the improper use of information technologies and communication by terrorists, in particular the Internet and new digital technologies.

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There is a growing concern about the improper use of information technologies and communication by terrorists, in particular the Internet and new digital technologies.

Drones de intelligence artificial

The other concern that will be explored is the potential use of 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence, automatic learning, unmanned aerial systems and synthetic biotechnology for illegal purposes.

About the increasing use of drones, the Coordinadora de Tecnologías de la Información del Comité, Jennifer Bramlette, dijo que los Estados members ya han tomado algunas medidas para adborarlo.

“Por supuesto, there are zones of air exclusion around the airports and critical infrastructures. Por supuesto, las propias empresas han tomado medidas para incorporar mechanismas de geobloqueo para que, si se encuentra drones volando en ciertos lugares, se puedan desactivar automáticamente”, he added.

She said that there is also “a series of discussions” about how drones are sold, “and who can buy them.”

Acuerdo definitive

Because of the complexity of the problem and its rapid evolution, the expectation is that the members of the Comité contra el Terrorismo are working on a final document that provides a general description of how terrorists are using technology, with the objective of being able to cancel their narrativa y el uso de la tecnologia.

It is also hoped that the members of the State will update themselves on recent developments and research on threats, as well as share the best practices that are in line with international human rights law.

They will also discuss joint measures that can be recorded through industrial collaboration, public-private associations and legislative, political and regulatory responses.

Sobre el Comité

The Comité contra el Terrorismo was established by unanimous consent on September 28, 2001, following the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, and the 15 members of the Security Council are part of it.

The Committee has the task of monitoring the implementation of measures to improve the legal and institutional antiterrorist capacities of the countries at the local and international levels.

Al informar a los periodistas, el presidente del comité recorded that “any act of terrorism is unjustifiable, regardless of the motivation”.

Ambassador Kamboj said that the first day of the meeting will be held in a symbolically important place, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, for pay tribute to the dozens of victims who died there in 2008 a manos de terroristas durante un asedio de cuatro días. Docenas más murieron en toda la ciudad en otros ataques coordinated de militantes.

The second day will take place in the capital of India, New Delhi.

Kamboj agregó que dado que el flagelo del terrorismo era claramente un problema “transnacional”, la collaboration entre los Estados miembros es crucial para brindar soluciones efectivas.

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