The UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) organized a special meeting on “Preventing Terrorist from Exploiting the Internet and Social Media to Recruit and Incite Terrorist Acts, While Respecting Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms” on December 2015.
The CTED brought together Member States, and relevant international and regional organizations with the purposes to discuss how to improve cooperation between Governments and the private sector, and recommend strategies and guidelines to prevent and combat the use of cyberspace for terrorist purposes.
Club de Madrid’s member Danilo Türk, President of Slovenia (2007-2012), was invited to form part of the third session dealing with the “use of ICT for counter-messaging purposes,” as part of a broader agenda against violent extremism and terrorism.
“We have to recognize the problem; there is no commonly agreed narrative, no common and precisely defined set of values and no strategy for what needs to be done in order to effectively create and disseminate the alternative messages,” said Mr. Türk.
But he also mentioned CdM’s counter-terrorism initiative: Global Consensus, a document produced at the 2015 Policy Dialogue, holding principles and recommendations on how to confront and prevent violent extremism and radicalization as a plan amassing the multi-level narratives and principles needed to build peaceful and inclusive societies.
While there is no universal formula, but the need to develop and disseminate effective counter-messaging narratives is needed. One way to achieve this is through Internet and communications technology. The close link between the youth and technology is crucial and, thus, they’re role in social media should be encouraged and supported as a means to create and disseminate alternative narratives. “We need partnership with organizations and movements that bring together young people.”