New Delhi: BRICS Seminar on Misuse of Internet by Terrorists organised by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on 13-14th April 2021.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) organised a two day Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa (BRICS) Seminar (through virtual mode) on “Misuse of Internet for Terrorist Purposes and Role of Digital Forensics in Terrorist Investigations” on 13-14 April 2021.

This two-day seminar was inaugurated by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Tuesday (April 13).

BRICS member states in the 3rd Counter-Terrorism Working Group(CTWG) at White River, South Africa had agreed to establish five sub-working groups dedicated to enhancing debates over specific challenges on the counter-terrorism front. Thereafter, in the 4th CTWG meeting at Brasilia, India was given the Presidency of the sub-working group on “Misuse of Internet for Terrorist Purposes” for one year. 

NIA organised this two-day seminar while India is holding the Chairship of the BRICS for the year 2021.

In the seminar, 40 experts from the five-member countries deliberated upon technical sessions including ‘Exploitation of Social Media as an Arsenal ’, ‘Dark web and Anonymizers’, ‘Emerging Technologies and Artificial Intelligence’, ‘Cryptocurrency and Virtual Assets: Vulnerability of Privacy and Online Stealth’, Equipping Law Enforcement Agencies: CT Investigations and Digital Forensics to deal with such challenges.

In addition, two panel discussions on engaging multiple stakeholders from both public and private sectors to tackle the misuse of the internet and enhancing international cooperation to effectively tackle the exploitation of the Internet by terrorists for their nefarious activities were also held.

The delegates of the seminar appreciated the fact that in the current milieu of breakneck technological innovations and ever-evolving digital landscape, the challenges pertaining to prevention, control and prosecution of the terrorist misuse of the internet are immense. 

It was emphasised that it is only through expedient international co-operation and seamless sharing of good practices in tackling this menace that we can create a safer and secure environment for the citizens of BRICS member states as well as the whole world.

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