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Islamabad: March 24, 2017: National Coordinator briefs diplomats on Tat’heer Drive (Surfsafe Portal) to counter Terrorists Use of Internet

The new challenge ! e-Extremism

Tat’heer is a multi-pronged Cyber Counter-terrorism drive which includes mapping of radical content available on internet/social media will help in strategizing evidence based Cyber Counter-terrorism Measures. NACTA, in pursuance of its mandate vide section 4, NACTA Act 2013, has undertaken this drive (Tat’heer, literal meaning: “to sanitize”) to counter radical and extremism ideology in the realm of cyber-sphere. Given that penetration of internet and social media stands at more than 35 Million users in Pakistan, with a growth of more than 20% per annum in recent years, the need for such a drive cannot be over-emphasized.

The Tat’heer drive intends to achieve its goal by setting up a specialised National Cyber Counter-terrorism Unit (NCCU) with the following capacities:

1- Technological Cyber-security Analysis by employing Software Engineer(s) and developing state of the art software (like web spiders/crawlers, natural language processors and classifiers etc). That can sniff radical or extremist content on internet and social media,

2- Internet Patrol Capacity which can glean through potentially extremist content and report it for blocking (through PTA) and/ or penal action under Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 (FIA, NR3C, Cyber Crime Wing).

3- Develop and Disseminate Counter-narrative and project moderate values through academia, intelligentsia, cyber-activists, consultants and NACTA’s Committee on Counter-narrative thereby reclaiming space in cyber-space vis-a-vis radical and extremist propaganda.

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