Member States continue to face a significant and growing threat from the abuse of information and communication technologies (ICT), in particular the Internet and social media, for terrorist purposes. In a number of resolutions, the Security Council recognizes this risk, and calls upon Member States to adopt necessary measures to prevent and address the threat this represents.
A joint project between the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and the Swiss non-governmental organization ICT4Peace, “Tech against Terrorism” is a public-private partnership that aims to tackle terrorist exploitation of the Internet. With the active involvement of ICT industry leaders – e.g. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter –, and thanks to the generous support of the Republic of Korea, “Tech Against Terrorism” seeks to ultimately develop a normative framework of self-regulation that can guide responses to terrorists’ use of the Internet, in compliance with international law standards. The initiative will also offer smaller tech and social media companies that face particular challenges — be they human, financial, or management-related — develop and implement measures to address terrorist activities online.
As part of these important efforts, the next phase of “Tech Against Terrorism” will launch at the United Nations in New York. On Wednesday 29 November 2017, the Knowledge-sharing platform (KSP) will officially be launched. Hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea together with CTED, ICT4Peace, and Tech against Terrorism, the event will see the participation of three UN Ambassadors, the Executive Director of CTED, as well as representatives of among others Facebook, Google, Telefonica, Weibo, and CloudFlare.
Taking place at United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday 29 November 2017 from 10:00am to 1:00pm in Conference room 1, the launch is open to Member and Observer States, members of the media including photographers with valid accreditation, United Nations staff and interns, UN entities, intergovernmental organizations, and specialized agencies, as well as invited guests with a valid UN grounds pass. If you are not holder of a UN grounds pass, please RSVP here before 26 November 2017 at midnight EST.
The event will be webcast at webtv.un.org.
Additional details can be found below.
Agenda for the event
Presentation by Miguel Sánchez SV, Global Chief Security Officer, Telefonica
Presentation by Jeff Collins, Vice President, After School
The webcast recording of the event can be accessed here
More photos from the event are available here