Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism – The use to the internet for terrorist purposes creates both challenges and opportunities in the fight against terrorism, said former FIA director general Sanaullah Abbasi.
Talking to The News, he said it is a new domain but very challenging. Everything has shifted towards cyberspace, but in Pakistan it is in transition, said Abbasi, who has a PhD in Law.
“We have to invest in this domain heavily to cope up with challenges in the context of human resource and technology and infrastructure.”
The way forward is to change the law to include and balance security, human rights, awakening of the masses, more investment, international cooperation, cyberattacks and virtual currency.
The former FIA chief shared his research on terrorism through the internet said that since the late 1980s, the internet has proven to be a highly dynamic means of communication, reaching an ever-growing audience worldwide. The development of increasingly sophisticated technologies has created a network with a truly global reach, and relatively low barriers to entry.
Internet technology makes it easy for an individual to communicate with their relative anonymously, quickly and effectively across borders, to an almost limitless audience, he said, adding that the use of the internet for terrorist purposes creates both challenges and opportunities in the fight against terrorism.