India calls for action to counter use of Internet for radicalisation

PTI
Saturday, 23 September 2017

“Internet backbone, critical Internet resources and data centres should be dispersed and redundant to mitigate impact of major terror attacks,” the foreign secretary said.

NEW YORK: Responses to terrorism must be similar across geographies and cultures and differential standards must not be accepted, India has said, seeking global action to tackle the evolving threat of Internet being used by terrorists for radicalisation and terror financing. 

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar made the remarks during a high-level meeting at the UN on ‘Preventing Terrorist Use of Internet’ hosted by the UK and Italy on Wednesday.

“Internet backbone, critical Internet resources and data centres should be dispersed and redundant to mitigate impact of major terror attacks,” the foreign secretary said.

“Responses to terrorism must be similar across geographies and cultures. This is an issue where differential standards must not be accepted, he said, according to transcripts released by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.

“Where the Internet is concerned, we all recognise how effective a tool it is for terrorism. Its utility for radicalisation, indoctrination, recruitment and financing is by now well-proven. In such a situation, we cannot be passive. This forum is an effort to more actively attack this problem and we applaud that,” he said. The diplomat said that India is cognizant of the threat posed by terrorists using Internet.

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