World Security Organisation proposed at Oxford University talk

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London, UK - 8 February 2005, 18:30 GMT - mi2g's Chairman, DK Matai, will propose a World Security Organisation dedicated to countering terrorism and organised crime in the 21st century at the special lecture on "Cyberland Security: Organised Crime, Terrorism and the Internet" at the Oxford Internet Institute - University of Oxford - on 10th February.

The lecture is oversubscribed and will be attended by over 60 senior attendees including CEOs, CIOs and CSOs from banking, insurance, reinsurance, government, intelligence, defence, diplomatic, legal and academic sectors. The talk will be followed by an open dialogue and discussion, chaired by the Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, Prof William Dutton.

In preparation for the security proposals by DK Matai, an exclusive international dialogue has been undertaken by the mi2g Intelligence Unit. Thought provoking and diverse views have been received from 115 senior professionals based in Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and USA. Many have chosen to remain anonymous and 24 reviewers have their names listed on the last page of the published speech.

A full copy of the speech text - embargoed until 5:00pm on 10th February - can be obtained from mi2g by clicking here. The five main conclusions of the talk centred on asymmetric warfare and organised criminal activity in all the five dimensions - cyberspace, sky, air, sea and land - are as follows:

1. Establishing The World Security Organisation (WSO), a global collaborative venture more powerful than Interpol and just as effective as the World Health Organisation (WHO);
2. Establishing national counter-attack forces within the appropriate legal framework;
3. Embracing technology to construct national and international Total Information Awareness Systems (TIAS) and Knowledge Management Analysis Systems (KMAS);
4. Developing extensive on-the-ground Human Intelligence networks;
5. Reducing poverty levels in deprived areas from where radicals and organised crime members are recruited, raising education and awareness levels, as well as promoting the understanding necessary for a multi-faith tolerant society to become a reality.

"The feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly in favour of The World Security Organisation,"
said DK Matai, Executive Chairman, mi2g. "We invite further dialogue in this area because a significant need for such an institution has now been clearly identified by several countries. We are encouraged by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's views, for instance, in regard to a body like the WSO."

Over the weekend, The Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and de facto ruler has called for the creation of an international anti-terrorism centre to trade information intelligence in an effort to prevent attacks. In the process, he has won qualified praise from the US and some of her allies. Such an international anti-terrorism centre could be part of the proposed World Security Organisation. The proposal was made at an international anti-terror conference that opened over the weekend in Riyadh, with Saudi Arabia proclaiming successes in its campaign to uproot Al-Qaeda's structure, following a series of attacks over the last two years. HRH Prince Abdullah declared, "We are in a war against terrorism and whoever supports it and justifies it."

HRH Prince Abdullah said the global anti-terror centre would allow officials and experts from countries worldwide to "exchange information instantly in response to the demands of the situation and the need to prevent incidents, God willing, before they occur. I call on all countries to set up an international centre for combating terrorism. Those working in it would be experts in this field."

Professor William Dutton, Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, noted that, "the area of security is one of a growing number of issues that are generating calls for more global Internet governance and regulation. It is critical that the debate over Internet governance mechanisms be well informed and broadly constituted. The challenge is to find approaches that take into consideration the full range of conflicting values and interests at stake."


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