AU calls for cyber monitoring to combat terrorism

During a regional high-level conference on counter-terrorism and the prevention of violent extremism in Nairobi, the African Union (AU) called for more efforts to combat cyberterrorism.

The Deputy Director of African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism Idriss Mounir Lallali raised some concerns about the use of social media platforms to recruit followers and co-ordinate criminal activities. The AU passed the Convention on Cybercrime and Personal Data Protection (Malabo Convention) in 2014, however, only two countries have since domesticated the law.