Posted on September 06, 2019

Qatar has stressed the importance of concerted efforts by the international community in the field of combating terrorism, in exerting efforts to prevent terrorists from accessing technology, and in enhancing collective action to prevent the movement of terrorist fighters through the development of aviation systems and the exchange of databases.

Major General Abdulaziz Abdullah al-Ansari, chairman, National Counter-Terrorism Committee, was speaking at a high-level international “Conference on Countering Terrorism Through Innovative Approaches and the Use of New and Emerging Technologies”, which concluded yesterday in Minsk, Belarus. He pointed to the seriousness of developments related to terrorists’ use of social media and artificial intelligence, adding no society can fight that phenomenon today on its own, and no society is immune to it.

Major General al-Ansari called for strengthening the frameworks of international cooperation and exchanging best practices, as well as identifying opportunities for exchanging expertise and resources among member states, while reviewing the State of Qatar’s efforts in combating terrorism and supporting the communities affected by this dangerous scourge. Major General al-Ansari, in his speech, affirmed Qatar’s support to the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism. The two-day conference brought together member states, the private sector, NGOs and civil society, in seeking to address today’s most pressing issues pertaining to technology and counter-terrorism, including online radicalisation, artificial intelligence, hacking, lethal autonomous weapons and the cross-border travel of foreign terrorist fighters.

The conference was co-organised by Belarus and the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT). Its recommendations included the importance of developing means to curb terrorist activity and to dry up the sources of terrorist activities, through enhancing co-operation and applying innovative approaches using modern and emerging technology.

source: Gulf Times

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