Connect Arab Summit 2012

ICT for Sustainable Development: Projects and Initiatives

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The Connect Arab Summit builds on the success of two such preceding events: Connect Africa 2007 and Connect CIS 2009. The Summit which is organized by the International Telecommunication Union in partnership with the League of Arab States (LAS), and is hosted by Qatar’s Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology, ICTQatar, comes at an opportune time. First, the fifth World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) which was held from 24 May to 4 June 2010 in Hyderabad, India adopted the Hyderabad Action Plan. The Action Plan adopted five Arab States Regional Initiatives which are intended to address specific telecommunication/ information and communication technology (ICT) priority areas, through partnerships and resource mobilization to implement small, medium and large scale projects. These prioirity areas are Broadband Access Networks, Digital Broadcasting, Open-Source Software, Arab Digital Content and Cybersecurity.



Securing the Cyber-highway: Protecting People

Most governments have recently developed ICT legislations (e.g. related to e-commerce, e-transaction) with less focus on cybercrime legislation. In recent years, cyber threats spanning over several domains ranging from economic crimes such as computer-related fraud to targeted attacks against critical infrastructure and illegal content have emerged. In order to effectively investigate and prosecute such crimes, a comprehensive approach is required. A harmonized regulatory framework to fight global cyber threats is key. It is also important to develop and implement awareness campaigns to educate users, law enforcement and policy makers about cyber laws, the impact of cybercrime and measures of combating it.


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