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Urban Terrorism, Violent Extremism and the Internet

In cooperation with the Canadian International Council (CIC) National Capital Branch, The SecDev Foundation presents a special Intelligence Futures panel: Urban Terrorism, Violent Extremism and the Internet – Shaping Canada’s Response on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016.

Join us for a discussion on radicalization and the role of the Internet with a panel of leading experts. Drawing on decades of international experience in confronting these challenges, our speakers will help shed light on how global trends and patterns are driving new forms of insecurity. While governments have had some successes they also face ongoing challenges that include balancing civil liberties, privacy, with public safety and community security.

  • Misha Glenny, a former BBC reporter and the author of McMafia, DarkMarket and Nemesis, has spent decades investigating the dark side of globalization and has seen firsthand the intersection between crime, extremism and the internet.
  • Dr. Robert Muggah, the Director of Research for The SecDev Foundation and the Igarape Institute in Brazil, and a former director of the small arms survey, is a renowned expert in armed violence reduction and has spent decades doing frontline research in some of the worlds toughest environments. He is also an expert in leveraging big data to address security issues. His recent projects include the Global Homicide Monitor, the Arms Export Monitor.
  • Shawna Coxon is an inspector with the Toronto police service where she spearheaded this organization’s work on the Internet and violent extremism. She is currently seconded to the task force examining the future intelligence needs of Canada’s largest metropolitan police force.

The discussion will be moderated by The SecDev Foundation’s co-founder Rafal Rohozinski, who has led work at the Foundation on Countering Violent Extremism online under the Government of Canada’s Kanishka programme. Rafal is also a senior fellow for Future Conflict and CyberSecurity at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies and the CEO and Chief Innovation Officer at SecDev.

This special panel is supported by the Kanishka Project Contribution Program, managed by Public Safety Canada which over the past five years has invested over $10 million in research on pressing questions for Canada on terrorism and counter-terrorism, such as preventing and countering violent extremism. As part of the program, The SecDev Foundation launched a research portal dedicated to the subject of preventing violent extremism in 2015.

The special panel also marks the launch of CIC NCB’s new Intelligence Futures (IF) working group that will take a focused look at emerging challenges and opportunities for Canadian security through the lens of key disruptive drivers including: cyber security, robotics, artificial intelligence and big data, advances in bio genetics, and transnational crime and terrorism.

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