World-Check Joins Counterterrorism Trusted Community

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World-Check’s Director of Threat Finance Research, John Solomon, recently joined the Netherlands Counterterrorism Coordinator’s trusted community “IT for CT” along with international colleagues from premier government, international and commercial IT, security, and academic organisations.

World-Check’s Director of Threat Finance Research, John Solomon, recently joined the Netherlands Counterterrorism Coordinator’s trusted community “IT for CT” along with international colleagues from premier government, international and commercial IT, security, and academic organisations.

The Netherlands National Counterterrorism Coordinator, Mr. Erik Akerboom, announced the new public-private initiative during the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) held in Amsterdam last week. The trusted community is aimed at the exchange of knowledge and expertise between public and private parties in the field of IT and counterterrorism. “In order for counterterrorism to be as successful as possible, government must more effectively harness the knowledge and expertise of IT companies. The private sector, on the other hand, requires the insight of CT coordinators in order to develop new tools. If we make better use of each others’ expertise, we can achieve more” said Mr. Akerboom.

Describing the problem Mr. Solomon said: “Terrorist use of internet communication technology is a problem that cuts across borders and traditional sectors of the economy. There seems to be a consensus regarding the kinds of bad things that happen online however, just as important are the questions of who it is that is involved, and what their exact relationship is with the top threat groups we face, whether it’s al-Qaida or a hostile intelligence service. As the leading risk intelligence provider on illicit networks involved in terrorism, organized crime and corruption, World-Check looks forward to contributing to this exciting and dynamic initiative.”    

Mr. Solomon gave a presentation during the ‘safety and security’ track of WCIT on how terrorists use the Internet to raise funds and radicalize vulnerable communities. Microsoft’s Chief Architect of Identity, the United Nations head of the al-Qaida/Taliban Monitoring Team, and many other leaders from public and private sector organizations presented during the three-day event. WCIT is a biennial global invitation-only event where business leaders, public officials and opinion leaders from all global regions come together to share and build a vision on ways to provide IT a prominent role in solving pressing issues such as water, energy and security.    

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