G7 seeks help of private sector to fight terrorism

  • HT Correspondent
  • Updated: May 28, 2016 06:51 IST

ISE-SHIMA: The leaders of G7 countries on Friday called for greater help from private sector in improving counterterrorism investigations.

The G7 summit, which concluded here, came out with an action plan on countering terrorism and violent extremism that lists a host of measures ranging from strengthening border and aviation security to promoting pluralism.

The action plan called upon private companies as well as civil society to ensure law enforcement. It envisages greater engagement with Internet companies and internet service providers for effective counterterrorism investigations.

It seeks to engage with Internet companies including Internet Service Providers and administrators of relevant applications to facilitate counterterrorism investigations, including the collection of data, and to address the use of the internet by terrorists to recruit, radicalise, and mobilise followers to violence.

Many countries are engaged in formulating such policies, which at times run into conflict with privacy measures and misuse of personal data.

The action plan also called upon the art market and collectors to contribute to disrupting illicit trade in cultural property, including by conducting due diligence, particularly on the origin and destination of archaeological and ethnological material.

They also called for promoting pluralism, tolerance, and gender equality through cross-cultural and interfaith dialogues and understanding including, through education. Most of the G7 countries are stepping up their counterterrorism measures.

The action plan, then, talks about empowering civil society and local communities, particularly with a focus on the role of women and youth in countering and preventing violent extremism. The leaders called for the importance of the strategic communication as a tool in fighting terrorism and countering propaganda of groups such as the Islamic State. The action plan also stressed on strengthening cooperation among border agencies and support greater use of existing border security programmes.

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