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Growing interest of terrorist groups and radical elements in exploiting the cyberspace and its advanced technologies for their various heinous crimes and nefarious designs and how to deal with them will be discussed at a two-day international conference beginning here tomorrow. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the two-day Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) which will discuss and find ways on "Challenges to Policing in 2020- How is Cyber Space shaping our approach to Cybercrime & Terrorism, how do we perform within it and take advantage of it". The regional conference is being organised by the Asia-Pacific World Regional Office (APWRO) of the IACP in partnership with the Intelligence Bureau. The Director of the Intelligence Bureau, as the Chair of APWRO, is the host of the conference. The phenomenal growth and influence of cyber space and cyber technology have opened new challenges in the field of policing in recent times. The conference is mainly focused on holding discussions about the growing interest of various terrorist/ organised groups and radical elements in exploiting the cyberspace and its advanced technologies for their various heinous crimes and nefarious designs. The event will provide a platform for top-level police executives, both national and international, to discuss and understand how cyber space is shaping our approach towards cyber-crime and terrorism and also how to take advantage of it for better policing. The conference will be attended by IACP President Louis M Dekmar, senior executives of the IACP headquarters, besides representatives from police organisations of the Asia-Pacific region, namely, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Dubai, Fiji, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Nepal, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand. From India, more than 35 heads of police forces of states and Union territories and of central police organisations would participate. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will deliver the key note address. In all, seven panel discussions would be held on subjects of current and future interest.
The panelists, comprising specialists in their respective fields, are from US, Canada and India. The IACP is the world's largest organisation of police/law enforcement executives that is highly regarded for its role in identifying and responding to changing needs of the law enforcement community. The IACP's headquarters is in Virginia, USA. It has seven world regional offices on geographical lines, including the APWRO. The IACP meets once in a year in the US wherein more than 15,000 police officers from all over the world congregate to discuss various issues. The Asia-Pacific World Regional Office (APWRO) was set up in New Delhi in 1994 with Director, Intelligence Bureau, as its chair. In the past, under the aegis of IACP, APWRO had organised four conferences in New Delhi like 4th IACP Asia Pacific Regional Conference in January 1992, 8th IACP Asian Executive Policing Conference in March 2001, IACP Seminar on 'Terrorism' in September 2008 and Regional Conference on "Impact of Social Media on Policing" in September 2013.
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