Tashkent to host 4th annual Central Asian Internet Governance Forum


TASHKENT -- Tashkent is set to host the 4th Central Asian Internet Governance Forum on May 15-16, AKIpress reported Wednesday (May 1).

The forum is being organised by the Uzbek Ministry for Development of Informational Technologies and Communications in co-operation with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

The event will address "cyber security, the protection of critical infrastructure, the status and rights of citizens in handling of their biometric data, and terrorist use of the Internet among other topics", according to organisers.

New devices and services are creating not only opportunities but also significant cybersecurity challenges. These challenges require a multi-stakeholder partnership among government, industry and civil society in the region, said the organisers.

Held annually since 2016, the forum provides a public platform for the discussion of policies regarding internet governance in Central Asian countries.

More than 200 participants -- including specialists from all over the world -- attend the forum each year to discuss issues related to global and national approaches to internet governance, cybersecurity and internet freedom.

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