Ramona Mănescu: “România, by its position and resources can get involved and become a strong voice in the European policies regarding cyber security and lead the way in development and implantation of these policies”

Ramona Mănescu, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, together with Prof. Dr. Alina Bârgăoanu, Pro-Rector SNSPA, hosted today at SNSPA the debate: “The terrorism becomes social: the new threat of extremist and terrorist activism in social media”.

The debate was attended by experts in this field, like Mr. Sorin Cârstea, psychologist and military operations specialist, dl. Demir Murat Seyrek, Senior Policy Advisor at European Foundation for Democracy, Brussels, Roberta Bonazzi, Executive Director of CEP Europe, Conf. Univ. Dr. Veronica Mihalache, Mihai Viteazul National Intelligence Academy, Nicolae Blaga – Councilor of Chef Prosecutor, DIICOT and Mr. General Magistrate dr. Ilie Botoş, State Secretary, Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The event was moderated by Mr. Dan Carbunaru, journalist for caleaeuropeana.ro.

The event approached a high interest topic – the new security threats coming from the extremist and terrorist propaganda run by jihadist and Islamist groups on social media.

The liberal MEP began by noticing the novelty of this topic, underlying that “it is for the first time this topic is approached in Romania, in a public conference. It is a premiere for the academia, for the institutions in Romania as well for the general public.”

During the debate it was noticed that the threat posed by the hijacking of the initial purposes of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter or YouTube: “various terrorist groups try to use the social media as weapons and means to recruit new fighters as well as propaganda tools in spreading radicalism and jihadism”.

Within this topic, Ramona Mănescu mentioned:

“Equally dangerous, I consider to be the use of social networks as a weapon of terror. Videos of beheadings are intentionally recorded, edited and promoted online, not to conquer new positions on the field of battle or to eliminate “the enemy” but in order to generate fear and terror into the population.”

The MEP concluded by talking about the role and position of Romania in the global effort of counter online terrorism and jihadism:

I believe that Romania, by its position and resources can get involved and become a strong voice in the European policies regarding cyber security and lead the way in development and implantation of these policies.