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Counter Terrorism: Minister tasks security agencies on emerging technologies

The Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr.Isa Pantami has urged the security organisations in the country to explore the use of technology to curb activities of terrorists in Nigeria.

The Minister who stated this in Abuja while delivering a lecture on Leadership in Counter-Terrorism and Counter Violent Extremism in Abuja also emphasised that an upgrade in skill and technology by Nigerian authorities can prevent terrorism and extremism in the country.

Dr. Pantami suggested that Nigeria’s security organisations should approach their fight against terrorism with adequate data through technologies like Big Data Analytical, Internet of Things (IOT), Robotics and Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Increase in computing power and machine learning has made it possible to examine huge amounts of data related to crimes and terrorism to identify underlying correlations and causes.The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) presents the connection of devices to not only the Internet but also to each other. The IoT enables increased convenience, efficiency and energy conservation, Pantami said.

The Minister noted that IOT technology can be used for monitoring, identification, surveillance, access to the network and tracking down the locations of persons and terrorist groups.

He cited the example of a project by the Qatar Computing Research Institute where big data was used to scrutinize and analyze social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter to locate the origins of supporters of the terrorist organization ISIS.

Dr Pantami said that terrorists now use social media as a medium for communications and recruiting new followers in perpetrating crimes in Nigeria.

It is evident that terrorists are exploiting social media, encrypted communications and the dark web to spread propaganda, recruit new followers and coordinate attacks, he noted

Source: Voice of Nigeria