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African states have been struggling to keep up with the development and implementation of the technological solutions to the security of the maritime borders, often lacking adequate surveillance equipment, cybersecurity measures, or effective screening technologies. Simultaneously, terrorist groups in Africa are using the technological deficit of states’ infrastructures and progressively improve their own technological capabilities (from the acquisition of (armed) drones to the use of cyber tactics to attack civilian or state infrastructure). These groups have also used technological capabilities in their maritime operations as tactical support and to evade surveillance or border security.
In this webinar, we discuss the current state of the technological race in the maritime domain in Africa and explore the different ways in which new technologies are crucial to understand the current and future dynamics of maritime (in)security in the region. We examine which technological solutions can bring best value to African states in the detection and prevention of maritime terrorist travel, while observing international human rights law.
- Rebecca Mignot-Mahdavi, BSM Expert, UNOCT
- Rocco Messina, Head Border Security and Management Unit, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT)
- Robert Kibor, Legal and Policy Advisor, National Counterterrorism Centre (NCTC), Kenya
- Denys Reva, Researcher, Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
- Dr. Kamal-Deen Ali (Capt Navy Rtd), Executive Director, Centre for Maritime Law and Security Africa