Exercise bolsters Kyrgyzstan against use of internet by terrorists


ISSYK-KUL, Kyrgyzstan -- The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Monday (August 26) kicked off a three-day national tabletop exercise in Issyk-Kul on preventing and countering the use of the internet for terrorist purposes, the OSCE said on its website.

The exercise involves some 30 Kyrgyz representatives from diverse backgrounds, including representatives of government, law enforcement, civil society, media, academia and the private sector.

The exercise is organised by the OSCE's Bishkek office and Action against Terrorism Unit.

The drill focuses on a fictional scenario "that serves as a realistic and strategic-level case study based on real-world events and emerging online terrorism-related threats relevant to Central Asia," said the OSCE.

A number of international specialists will highlight best practices on addressing modern challenges while respecting privacy and the freedoms of expression, association, peaceful assembly and religion or belief.

The exercise follows a similar one held in Tajikistan last week.

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