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Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC)

Topic 1:  Preventing the Weaponization of Social Media and the Internet

The term “weaponization” has existed since the birth of humanity and our latest and arguably greatest creation, the Internet, is no exception to this trend of humanity. The Digital world is self-regulating and is usually best left untouched, but this hasn't stopped multiple State and Non-State actors from taking advantage of the vast outreach of the internet, for purposes of propagation of ideas viewed as unacceptable, through social media, to attacking and compromising the data and privacy of the internet's large user base.

 

With the use of Social Media to propagate Extremist ideals, and groups using it to shut down critical infrastructure components of a country. The use of the internet as a weapon has not been a new one, since 1988, with the Morris worm, being the first widespread “Worm” to Terrorists publishing beheading videos. We can see the level of control of the internet is minimal. To change it is a question which is debated to this day. The truth about the internet is it changes faster than laws can be made to handle it and its user base has shown its resentfulness to outside actors trying to change it. Finding a balance (as stated in the quote) is at the core of resolving the agenda.

Topic 2: Prohibiting Non-State Actors from Acquiring Military Weapons

Since time immemorial, numerous wars have been fought among nations to either garner independence against oppression or to attain power and authority over others. Needless to say, these battles have not only induced the usage of lethal weapons but have also cost several lives in the process. However, when the 21st Century seeped in presenting a world promised of technological advancements, wars weren’t only fought amongst countries but against a yet another contingent of great puissance--the non-state actors.

Armed non state actors, fueled by political motives, exercise a significant control over a territory and hence pose formidable threats to national and international security, with incalculable implications for civil safety and economic stability across the globe. Moreover, enforcement or acquisition of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) or military grade weapons to further their rationale and express supremacy through insurgent attacks fetch a worldwide condemnation as those beget obliteration and cause a colossal loss of human lives.

Once these WMDs are in the wrong hands, the damage inflicted will evidently remain the same. Thus, in light of the calamitous consequences, several efforts have been employed to prevent the acquisition of these WMDs by the non-state actors, but it remains a problem that needs to urgently be addressed through diplomacy and effective policy making.