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 Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hosted by the Government of Botswana through the Department of Research, Science and Technology, Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission and Technical Co-Sponsored by IEEE, IST-Africa 2011 will take place in Gaborone, 04 - 06 May 2011. The scientific programme for IST-Africa 2011 is based on an open Call for Papers The core thematic areas are eHealth, eInfrastructures, Technology Enhanced Learning and ICT Skills, Digital Libraries and Intelligent Content, Living Labs, Open Source Software, ICT for eInclusion and eAccessibility, ICT for Environmental Sustainability, RFID and Networked Enterprise, eGovernment, Networked Media, Transformation of Research Results into Local Innovation, Cloud Computing and IPv6. Interested presenters are encouraged to prepare an 8 page paper (4,000 - 5,000) words following the IST-Africa 2011 paper guidelines and paper template for submission online by 30 November.

All submissions will be double blind reviewed by the International Programme Committee and authors will receive feedback in January. Accepted authors will then be invited to submit a final paper taking account of feedback provided for inclusion in the conference proceedings by 18 February.

 

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010 2:00:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 28, 2010

The European Commission is organizing a workshop on Understanding the role of ICT in the integration of Immigrant and Ethnic Minorities (IEM), on November 23rd, 2010, in Brussels that will encourage the sharing of good practices and research studies in the area of ICT-enabled or supported IEM participation in lifelong learning, improved employability and social integration.

Indeed, recent research has shown the importance of ICT (among which social computing applications seems to play a specifically important role) in the process of enabling the socio-economic integration of IEM people and fostering cultural diversity in our European knowledge societies. Different types of integration where ICT play a role can be distinguished, as top-down and mediated integration, which relies upon online welcoming and integration services provided by public or third sector social organisations which are increasingly taking advantage of ICT to facilitate the integration of IEM; or bottom-up integration, which relies on informal hospitality and is directly linked to social networking processes between migrants and members of the host society.

 

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Thursday, October 28, 2010 2:07:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 13, 2010

ICT For Health Projects Exhibiting

27 September 2010 - 29 September 2010 Brussels, Belgium

The ICT for Health projects present at the ICT2010 conference. CD-Medics, Epilepsiae, HeartCycle, Hamam and Oldes will be exhibiting. Three eHealth related networking sessions will also take place on the following topics: Patient empowerment, EU-ASEAN Cooperation opportunities and Low-cost Imaging Technologies for Healthcare.

 

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Monday, September 13, 2010 5:47:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, May 07, 2010

Cybersecurity experts from around the world meeting on ways to protect the Internet say they still have fears of "nightmare" scenarios in which attacks could cripple critical computer networks. "I live in a world of nightmares," Patrick Pailloux, director general of France's Network and Information Security Agency, told participants in the first Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit which ended on Wednesday. "Each subject is a nightmare: electricity, power grids, transportation, airplanes, water supply, finance, the banking system, the health system,"

Pailloux said. Pailloux was among the 400 participants from 40 nations who attended the meeting hosted by the EastWest Institute think tank to come up with ways to protect the world's digital infrastructure from cyber threats. The cybersecurity experts, government officials and business leaders agreed that only global cooperation could protect computer networks under constant attack from ever mutating viruses, worms, spam and a host of other dangers.

 

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Friday, May 07, 2010 1:22:57 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 11, 2010

From 15 to 18 March 2010 the Ministry of Health of Spain and the Regional Government of Catalonia in cooperation with the European Commission are organizing a ministerial Conference in Barcelona. It will co-locate with the World of Health IT conference. High-level eHealth conferences organised by the presiding countries since 2003 represent important annual milestones in this specific field. Spain therefore will carry on the tradition and host this Conference in Barcelona as a part of its presidency in the first half of 2010.

A platform will be provided to encourage the development of on-line health services in Europe. The politicians, health administrators, researchers and suppliers, along with health professionals, are meeting to share their experiences and to discover what is new in this fast-evolving area.

 

(Source: Europe's Information Society)

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Thursday, March 11, 2010 12:46:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 08, 2010

This three-day event fosters opportunities for IT and Telecommunication professionals to network, build relationships, and explore new ideas. It brings together IT professionals, developers, decisions and policy makers, governmental officials, experts, consultants, industry leaders, bankers, law enforcement officials, academics, networks security managers, database administrators, IT marketing executives, surveyors, etc. to share their protection experience in IT security and exchange ideas on most emerging technology trends, applications and practices.

Kuwait ICT Security Forum aims to keep you at the forefront of the latest security developments. Don't miss this opportunity to learn fresh approaches and develop innovative strategies and tactics to defeat today's biggest information security threats.

 

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Monday, March 08, 2010 11:06:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 21, 2010

For the first time, the Ministerial High Level Conference on eHealth and the World Health IT Conference and Exhibition are being held in the same week in a joint initiative called “e-Health Week 2010”, the most prestigious event in the European eHealth sector. Barcelona International Conventions Centre (CCIB) will open its doors from March 15 to 18 to receive the European meeting most attended by the healthcare sector interest groups.

March 15 will see the start of the High Level eHealth Conference, an E.U. event organised by the Spanish Presidency of the E.U., the European Commission, the Government of Catalonia and the TicSalut Foundation. The conference is presented under the motto of “eHealth for sustainable healthcare: global changes through local actions”

 

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Thursday, January 21, 2010 5:22:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, July 17, 2009

The U.K. was the likely source of a series of attacks last week that took down popular Web sites in the U.S. and South Korea, according to an analysis performed by a Vietnamese computer security analyst. The address is registered to Global Digital Broadcast in the U.K. "Having located the attacking source in U.K., we believed that it is completely possible to find out the hacker," Nguyen wrote.

The results contradict assertions made by some in the U.S. and South Korean governments that North Korea was behind the attack. Security analysts had been skeptical of the claims, which were reportedly made in off-the-record briefings and for which proof was never delivered.

 

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Friday, July 17, 2009 9:15:24 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The police are to examine claims that a huge mobile phone hacking operation was launched by the News of the World, targeting thousands of people. The Guardian says the Sunday paper's reporters paid private investigators to hack into phones, many of them owned by politicians and celebrities. It is alleged details were suppressed by the police and the High Court.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "This raises questions that are serious and will obviously have to be answered." Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson has ordered a senior officer to "establish the facts".

 

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009 9:33:18 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum for Africa and Arab States, dedicated to “Connecting the World Responsibly”, aims to identify some of the main challenges faced by countries in Africa and Arab States in enhancing cybersecurity and securing critical information infrastructures.

It will consider best practices, information sharing mechanisms and concrete actions for cybersecurity development, taking into consideration the key principles of matching the borderless, transnational nature of cyber-threats with meeting specific national and regional requirements. The Forum will consider initiatives at the regional and international levels to increase cooperation and coordination amongst different stakeholders. The forum programme will include interactive sessions on the projects and related tools that ITU is working on to assist Member States in developing and implementing cybersecurity capabilities.

Capacity building activities will be undertaken in the following main areas:

  • Development of a legal framework;
  • Development of watch and warning and incident management capabilities, including the establishment of a national computer incident response team (CIRT); and,
  • Actions to be considered when developing a national cybersecurity strategy and harmonization within the key principles of international cooperation.

    The event is expected to bring together government representatives, industry actors, and other stakeholder groups from countries on the African continent and the Arab States to discuss, share information, and collaborate on the elaboration and implementation of national policy, regulatory and enforcement frameworks for cybersecurity. It will benefit information and communication policy makers from ministries and government departments; institutions and departments dealing with cybersecurity policies, legislation and enforcement; and representatives from operators, manufacturers, service providers, industry and consumer associations involved in promoting a culture of cybersecurity.

    The forum will be conducted in English, Arabic and French with simultaneous interpretation. Participation in the Forum is open to all ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates, and other interested stakeholders, including representatives from regional and international organizations.

    More detailed information about the event (including the draft forum agenda, online pre-registration, fellowship requests (for eligible LDCs) can be found on the ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum for Africa and Arab States website at www.itu.int/ITU-D/cyb/events/2009/tunis/.

    Register for the ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum for Africa and Arab States here.

    We look forward to seeing you at the event!

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2009 10:03:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Monday, September 01, 2008

    The ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum for Eastern and Southern Africa was held in Lusaka, Zambia from 25 to 28 August 2008.

    The forum, which was hosted by the Communications Authority of Zambia and the Government of Zambia, and jointly organized by ITU and COMESA, aimed to identify the main challenges faced by countries in the region in developing frameworks for cybersecurity and CIIP, to consider best practices, share information on development activities being undertaken by ITU as well as other entities, and review the role of various actors in promoting a culture of cybersecurity. The forum also considered initiatives on the regional and international level to increase cooperation and coordination amongst the different stakeholders.

    Approximately 60 people from 21 countries and 4 regional organizations participated in the event. Among the participants were professionals from governments, regulatory authorities, private sector, and civil society. Full documentation of the event, including the final agenda and all presentations made, is available on the event website. The meeting report available on the event website summarizes the discussions throughout the four days of the ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum for Eastern and Southern Africa, provides a high-level overview of the sessions and speaker presentations, and presents some of the common understandings and positions reached at the event. 

    The third day of the ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum, 27 August 2008, was dedicated to specific working sessions on developing national and regional cybersecurity/CIIP capacity through three working groups. The working groups focused on 1) developing a national cybersecurity strategy, 2) legislation and enforcement and, 3) watch, warning, and incident response. In addition to the overall forum recommendations, specific recommendations and suggestions were developed by the three ad hoc working groups: Working Group 1: Regional Approach for the Development of a National Cybersecurity Strategy; Working Group 2: Legal Foundation and Enforcement; and Working Group 3: Watch, Warning, and Incident Response.

    See the event website for more information.

    Monday, September 01, 2008 8:33:56 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Friday, August 01, 2008

    The ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum for Asia-Pacific, and related Seminar on the Economics of Cybersecurity was held in Brisbane, Australia, 15-18 July 2008.

    The regional cybersecurity forum, which was hosted by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE), Government of Australia, aimed to identify the main challenges faced by countries in the region in developing frameworks for cybersecurity and CIIP, to consider best practices, share information on development activities being undertaken by ITU as well as other entities, and review the role of various actors in promoting a culture of cybersecurity. The forum also considered initiatives on the regional and international level to increase cooperation and coordination amongst the different stakeholders. The forum, one in a series of regional cybersecurity events organized by the ITU Development Sector (ITU-D), was held in response to ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 130: Strengthening the role of ITU in building confidence and security in the use of information and communication technologies (Antalya, 2006) and the 2006 World Telecommunication Development Conference Doha Action Plan establishing ITU-D Study Group Question 22/1: Securing information and communication networks: Best practices for developing a culture of cybersecurity. 

    Approximately 90 people from 27 countries participated in the event, from the Asia-Pacific region, the Pacific Islands, as well as from other parts of the world. Full documentation of the forum, including the final agenda and all presentations made, is available on the event website. The meeting report available on the event website summarizes the discussions throughout the three days of the ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum for Asia-Pacific, provides a high-level overview of the sessions and speaker presentations, and presents some of the common understandings and positions reached at the event.

    The day prior to the start of the ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum for Asia-Pacific, 15 July 2008, was dedicated to an ITU Tariff Group for Asia and Oceania (TAS) Seminar on the Economics of Cybersecurity. Throughout the seminar the participants learned about the pervasive incentives and the new revenue streams that are created from malware and spam, how they enable legitimate business models (e.g., anti-virus and anti-spam products, infrastructure, and bandwidth) as well as fraudulent and criminal ones (e.g., renting out of botnets, bullet proof hosting, commissions on spam-induced sales, pump and dump stock schemes). Distinguished experts in this area explained how malware and spam create mixed and sometimes conflicting incentives for stakeholders, which complicate coherent responses to the problem. An ITU Study on the Financial Aspects of Network Security: Malware and Spam was presented and discussed at the event.

    See the event website for more information.

    Friday, August 01, 2008 8:43:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Wednesday, June 18, 2008

    The International Telecommunication Union organised two Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change. The first was held in Kyoto, Japan 15-16 April 2008, hosted by MIC Japan, and the second was held in London, UK, on 17-18 June, hosted by BT.

    These symposia brought together key specialists in the field, from top decision-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others. Among others, the ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau presented a summary of the study report on "ICTs for e-Environment - Guidelines for Developing Countries, with a Focus on Climate Change".

    For more information on presentations, meeting summarie and the outcomes of the symposia, click here.

    Wednesday, June 18, 2008 3:54:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Friday, May 16, 2008

    As part of the ITU Cybersecurity Internship Programme, ITU launches the 2008 Cybersecurity Essay Competition. The purpose of the ITU Cybersecurity Internship Programme, and related 2008 ITU Cybersecurity Essay Competition, is to increase cybersecurity awareness and give young people, especially from developing countries, exposure to the main issues related to cybersecurity and to the ongoing work of ITU in this area. It is hoped that the fellowships granted to promising students and recent graduates from ITU Member States through the cybersecurity essay competition will help build cybersecurity capacity in developing countries as these interns will be exposed to ITU cybersecurity activities, learn about the main international and regional actors in this field, and constructively contribute with their country-specific insights into ITU cybersecurity-related work. The competition is open to current students and recent graduates in economics, political science, law, literature, computer science, information systems and related fields, between the ages of 20 and 30 years old.

    For more information about the programme and competition, visit the programme website.

    Friday, May 16, 2008 9:26:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Monday, April 28, 2008

    The ITU/MIC Kyoto Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change closed 16 April with agreement that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) should play a significant role in the global efforts to combat climate change. The Symposium had six substantive sessions, including:

    • Climate change: ICTs to the rescue?
    • Corporate responsibility: Towards a climate-neutral ICT sector
    • ICTs for monitoring climate change
    • ICTs as a clean technology
    • Towards a high bandwidth, low carbon future
    • Adapting to climate change

    A number of actions were recommended for ITU such as assisting countries, in particular developing ones, to raise awareness on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can help adapting and mitigating to climate change. Specific areas mentioned are, among others, strengthening the capacity of developing countries to use ICTs for sustainable development, disaster and emergency preparedness, actions on food insecurity, use of remote sensing, assistance to rural communities and coordinated action to assist the most vulnerable countries. Experts also recognized that each country should consider promoting the use of ICT applications for government services (e-Government) from national to local levels, as well as reducing the emission of greenhouse gases through environmentally friendly use of ICTs in other sectors such as public health, education, business and employment.

    More information on the Symposium is available in the chairman’s report, the meeting summary and the ITU background report. Presentations from this event can be viewed here. The chairman’s report will be forwarded to upcoming meetings of the World Economic Forum, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ministerial meeting in the Republic of Korea, the G8 meeting in Japan and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

    The second ITU symposium on ICTs and climate change, will be held 17-18 June in London, hosted by BT. The London event will also be broadcast as a live Webinar. To register online at this event, see here.

    Monday, April 28, 2008 2:09:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Friday, April 11, 2008

    The first ITU Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change (15-16 April in Kyoto, Japan, co-organized and hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) will be available as a webinar in order that remote participants can see and hear presentations from wherever they are in the world. Provision will also be made for remote participants to submit comments and questions. Space is limited.

    Reserve your seat for

    - Day 1 at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/862573173.

    - Day 2 at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/540961252.

    A live audio stream will be provided at: mms://stream.icckyoto.ne.jp/ict/.

    Full Programme (times in JST, London -8, New York -13)

    ITU Background Paper on ICTs and Climate Change

    System requirements

    Friday, April 11, 2008 1:29:57 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Tuesday, April 01, 2008

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) issued a press release on the upcoming Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change that aim at reaching a better understanding of the relationship between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and climate change.

    The International Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change, featuring high-level experts drawn from industry, government and academia as well as key writers on the topic, will seek to provide guidance to the global ICT sector on how to monitor, mitigate and adapt to climate change. The meetings will take place April 15−16 in Kyoto, Japan, co-organized and hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC); and 17−18 June 2008 in London, UK, supported and hosted by BT. These events will be available as a webinar so that remote participants can see and hear presentations from wherever they are in the world. Provision will also be made for remote participants to submit comments and questions.

    It is estimated that ICTs contribute around 2-2.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. These percentages are likely to grow as ICTs become more widely available. At the same time ICTs can be a major linchpin in the effort to combat climate change. ICTs have the potential to serve as a potent, cross-cutting tool to limit and ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions across economic and social sectors, in particular by the introduction and development of more energy efficient devices, applications and networks, as well as their environmentally sound disposal. ICT can therefore be a key enabler to a low carbon economy while also promoting growth.

    In December 2007, ITU representatives made a statement at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia, illustrating how ICTs are both a cause and a potential cure for climate change. UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon previously underlined ITU’s role in meeting one of the most important challenges facing mankind. "ITU is one of the very important stakeholders in the area of climate change," he said. Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General, said, "Unequivocal and authoritative scientific evidence, recent climate events and an increased public awareness have elevated climate change to the highest rungs of the political agenda — globally, regionally and at national levels. Climate change is a concern for all of humanity and requires efforts on the part of all sectors of society, including the ICT sector. ITU is committed to achieving climate neutrality and to working with our membership to promote the use of ICTs as an effective tool to combat climate change."

    For more information on all ITU activities related to climate change, including e-environment, click here.

    Tuesday, April 01, 2008 11:01:00 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Thursday, March 13, 2008

    On 11 March 2008, the Initiative for the Regional Integration of South American Infrastructure (IIRSA) and the Inter-American Communications Commission (CITEL) jointly organized at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) headquarters a workshop on International Roaming Services for Mobile Telecommunications, the first component of an IDB Technical Cooperation to support the project known as Implementation of a Roaming Agreement in South America, included in IIRSA’s Implementation Agenda Based on Consensus. Following this event was the XII meeting of the Permanent Consultative Committee on Telecommunications I (PCC.I) of CITEL, held at the IDB’s headquarters, in Washington D.C., from 12 through 14 March 2008, during which telecommunication-related topics deemed important for the region were discussed, such as the coordination of standards for telecommunication networks and services, convergence, analysis of cybersecurity issues and critical infrastructure and the use of telecommunications in emergencies, among others.

    A presentation on the Overview of ITU-D Activities Related to Cybersecurity and Critical Information Infrastructure Protection was given by Robert Shaw, head of the ICT Applications and Cybersecurity division, during the CITEL meeting, providing background information on ITU, cybersecurity, related ITU key activities underway, and an outline of the Framework for Organizing a National Approach to Cybersecurity. Specific cybersecurity-related activities and initiatives as well as a case study on botnets were also presented. 

    Another presentation on Management Framework for Organizing National Cybersecurity/CIIP Efforts was given by Joe Richardson, further discussing the ITU Framework for Organizing National Cybersecurity/CIIP Efforts and the ITU National Cybersecurity/CIIP Self-Assessment Toolkit.

    For more information on CYB's activities involving cybersecurity, visit the division website.

    Thursday, March 13, 2008 3:04:03 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Friday, February 22, 2008

    The ITU Regional Cybersecurity Forum ended yesterday following the adoption of the Doha Declaration on Cybersecurity. The ITU Workshop on Frameworks for Cybersecurity and Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP) was held in Doha, Qatar, 18−21 February 2008 in collaboration with the Qatar Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) and the Qatar Centre for Information Security (Q-CERT). Over 80 representatives from 18 countries in the Arab region as well as key regional organizations including the League of Arab States, Gulf Cooperation Council, and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, participated in the Forum.

    "Global interconnectivity creates new interdependencies and risks that need to be managed at national, regional and international levels," said Mr Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. "The formulation and implementation by all nations of a national framework for cybersecurity and critical information infrastructure protection represents a significant first step in addressing the challenges arising from globally interconnected ICT infrastructures."

    During the event, the role of governments in leading national cybersecurity efforts was discussed as well as the critical role of the private sector and other groups in developing policy and law aimed at the implementation and operation of a national cybersecurity strategy. The Forum stressed the importance of reviewing national cybercrime legislation to address threats in cyberspace and called for a national focal point for cyber-incident management to strengthen watch, warning, investigation, response and recovery. Discussions were also held on the necessity of promoting a national culture of cybersecurity to ensure that all users, owners and operators of information systems and networks know their responsibilities with regard to security and develop appropriate tools to combat cyber attacks.

    Referring to the recent damage to undersea optical cables, said to have been caused by an adrift ship anchor according to the operator FLAG, Mr Al Basheer said that experience is the hardest teacher. "Whatever the cause, whether intentional or not, whether cybercrime or a mundane accident, the lesson we take away is that every nation needs to organize itself to take coordinated action related to the prevention of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from cyber incidents," said Mr Al Basheer.

    Read more of the ITU press release here.

    Friday, February 22, 2008 9:46:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Wednesday, February 13, 2008

    Safer Internet Day, 12th February 2008, was marked around Europe with events to educate children and parents about Internet dangers. A spokeswoman for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP),  which is coordinating the UK's involvement, said its efforts were focused on getting schools to run assemblies that discuss the issue, had these comments: "it is about them talking about the issue, the personal information they put online and their social networking profiles". Dr David King, chair of the Information Security Awareness Forum (ISAF) voices his concerns about the growing number of messages aimed at young people, "There are a lot of messages coming out from lots of different places but the question is who do you listen to?". ISAF plans to produce best practice guides for businesses and to run events to raise awareness about computer security and will collaborate with web-safety campaign Get Safe Online to promote security awareness.

    Read full article at the BBC News website.

    Wednesday, February 13, 2008 11:44:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Monday, February 04, 2008

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) extended its call for papers for the ITU Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change to 29 February 2008.

    The first symposium will be held in Kyoto, Japan (15-16 April 2008, hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication) and will be followed by finalizing the initial proposals at a second symposium in London, UK (17-18 June, hosted by British Telecom). These symposia will bring together key specialists in the field, from top decision-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others. To contribute to this work, stakeholders are invited to submit an abstract, of maximum 300 words, for a paper or presentation which is relevant to one of more of the topics above.

    The topics of interest at the symposia include:

    • Climate change and the impact of ICTs
    • Use of ICTs in monitoring climate change
    • ICTs for mitigating the local effects of climate change
    • ICTs and concerted action against global warming
    • ICT standardization in the field of climate change

    For more information on the ITU Symposia on ICTs and Climate Change, click here. For information on ITU's e-environment activities, click here.

    Monday, February 04, 2008 1:12:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Tuesday, December 18, 2007

    ITU, in collaboration with the ictQATAR and Q-CERT, will be hosting a workshop 18-21 February 2008 entitled Regional Workshop on Frameworks for Cybersecurity and Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP) and a Cybersecurity Forensics Workshop. The workshops will be held in Doha, Qatar.

    The description of the event, draft agenda, invitation letter, and registration form for meeting participants are available on the event website.

    Contact cybmail(at)itu.int with any general queries you may have related to the workshop.

    Tuesday, December 18, 2007 5:33:04 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Wednesday, November 28, 2007

    ITU, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, is hosting a workshop on 28-30 November 2007 entitled ITU Regional Workshop on ICT Applications for Rural Communication Development. The workshop is held in Bali, Indonesia.

    The description of the event, draft agenda, invitation letter, and practical information for meeting participants are available on the event website.

    Wednesday, November 28, 2007 1:52:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Friday, November 09, 2007

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organizes the first conference in the ITU Arab region on "Sharing experience on best practices in ICT services for persons with disabilities", in cooperation with the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean of the World Health Organization (WHO/EMRO). The conference will take place in Cairo (Egypt) on 13 - 15 November 2007 under the auspices of the Ministry of ICT of the Government of Egypt and H. E. the Minister Dr. Tarek Kamel.

    The conference is open to administrations, policy makers, regulators, and all industries involved in the development of dedicated information and communication technologies (ICTs) for persons with disabilities in addition to physicians and doctors from the public health sector. The main objective of the conference is to raise awareness on the importance of accessibility to all, including persons with disabilities, to ICTs.

    For more information, please click here.

    Friday, November 09, 2007 10:18:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Tuesday, October 09, 2007

    ITU, in collaboration with the Ministério das Infraestruturas e Transportes, Cape Verde, will be hosting a workshop 27-29 November 2007 entitled West Africa Workshop on Policy and Regulatory Frameworks for Cybersecurity and Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP). The workshop will be held in Praia, Cape Verde.

    The description of the event, draft agenda, invitation letter, and practical information for meeting participants are now available on the event website.

    Contact cybmail(at)itu.int with any general queries you may have related to the workshop.

    Tuesday, October 09, 2007 12:46:06 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Wednesday, September 19, 2007

    The ENISA / CERT/CC Workshop on Mitigation of Massive Cyberattacks is held today, 19 September 2007, in Porto, Portugal. "This workshop will bring together experts from established CERTs with newcomers, project managers and policy makers from the EU Member States. The renowned experts from CERT/CC will organise the program and co-chair the workshop. The program and the discussion this year are dedicated to the topic The role of CERTs in mitigating massive cyber attacks - Cooperation as a key-factor for success." More information on the workshop can be found here. A presentation on The Importance Of Global Cooperation, Tools, Mechanism & Partnerships by Robert Shaw, Head, ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division, ITU Telecommunication Development Sector is also available online.

    Wednesday, September 19, 2007 9:22:38 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Monday, August 20, 2007

    ITU, in collaboration with the Secretaría de Comunicaciones, Argentina, will be hosting a workshop 16-18 October 2007 entitled Regional Workshop on Frameworks for Cybersecurity and Critical Information Infrastructure Protection. The workshop will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    The description of the event, draft agenda, invitation letter, and practical information for meeting participants will be made available on the event website.

    Contact cybmail@itu.int with any general queries you may have related to the workshop.

    Monday, August 20, 2007 11:10:14 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Thursday, June 21, 2007

    28-31 Aug 2007 The ITU, in collaboration with the Viet Nam Ministry of Posts and Telematics and with support from the government of Australia, will be hosting a workshop 28-31 August 2007 entitled Regional Workshop on Frameworks for Cybersecurity and Critical Information Infrastructure Protection in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

    The description of the event, draft agenda, invitation letter, and practical information for meeting participants is available on the event website. Further information is available from cybmail@itu.int.

    Thursday, June 21, 2007 8:33:04 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Monday, May 21, 2007

    The ITU will be hosting a workshop on 17th Sepember 2007 entitled ITU Workshop on Frameworks for National Action: Cybersecurity and Critical Information Infrastructure Protection:

    At the start of the 21st century, modern societies have a growing dependency on information and communication technologies (ICTs) which are globally interconnected. However, with these growing dependencies, new threats to network and information security have emerged. There is a growing misuse of electronic networks for criminal purposes or for objectives that can adversely affect the integrity of critical infrastructures within States. To address these threats and to protect these infrastructures, a coordinated national framework is required - combined with regional and international cooperation. This workshop will review several related ITU initiatives and present two case studies by expert speakers from the United States of America and the European Union on their respective approaches. Attendance at the workshop is open to all interested participants within available space. Further information is available from cybmail@itu.int.

    Monday, May 21, 2007 12:02:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Tuesday, February 06, 2007

    In today's interconnected world of networks, threats can now originate anywhere − our collective cybersecurity depends on the security practices of every connected country, business, and citizen. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialized agency within the United Nations system, would like to draw Safer Internet Day participants' interest to a number of information resources dedicated to cybersecurity and spam.

    The ITU Cybersecurity Gateway is an easy-to-use online information resource on national and international cybersecurity related initiatives worldwide. A vast number of resources and links are available and organizations are invited to join in partnership with the ITU and other stakeholders to build confidence and security in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

    The StopSpamAlliance is a joint initiative to gather information and resources on combating spam. This initiative was undertaken by Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the EU's Contact Network of Spam Authorities (CNSA), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the London Action Plan, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Seoul-Melbourne Anti-Spam group. The StopSpamAlliance.org website contains an overview about each of these organization’s activities in countering spam and related threats.

    The outcome documents from the two phases of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) emphasize that building confidence and security in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) is a necessary pillar for building a global information society. ITU has been asked to play the main facilitator role for to assist stakeholders in building confidence and security in the use of ICTs. To stress the importance of the multi-stakeholder implementation of this task, ITU has named this the Partnerships for Global Cybersecurity (PGC) initiative.

    In commenting on the Safer Internet initiative, newly elected ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure stressed the need for greater cooperation between regulators, government, security firms, communication service providers, and end users in dealing with the challenges to building a safe and secure information society.

    The International Telecommunication Union wishes you all a very successful Safer Internet Day 2007!

    Enquiries related to ITU activities in the area of cybersecurity can be directed to cybersecurity@itu.int.

     

    About ITU

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is an international organization (specialized agency) within the United Nations System where governments and the private sector coordinate global telecommunication networks and services. Through its standards, development, and policy research activities, ITU has a long-standing track record in security for information and communication systems. There are currently more than seventy ITU recommendations focusing on security.

    Tuesday, February 06, 2007 9:24:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Friday, February 02, 2007
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     Wednesday, January 31, 2007

    14-15 May 2007 The ITU has a new Secretary-General, Dr. Hamadoun Toure, who has indicated in his first public statements and to senior ITU staff that he considers cybersecurity and particularly follow-up to WSIS Action Line C5 to be a key strategic area of focus for future ITU activities.

    The next annual facilitation/consultation meeting for WSIS Action Line C5 will be held 14-15 May 2007 at ITU in Geneva in conjunction with a cluster of events to be organized around 17 May (World Telecommunication and Information Society Day).  The meeting is open to all participants with an interest in C5 activities. More details concerning the draft agenda and administrative arrangements for the event will be circulated shortly along with a list of other WSIS-related meetings to be held 14-25 May 2005 in Geneva.

    Further information will be posted at the WSIS C5: Partnerships for Global Cybersecurity website. Enquiries can be directed to cybersecurity@itu.int.

    Wednesday, January 31, 2007 1:13:26 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Monday, December 04, 2006

    In conjunction with the Forum at ITU TELECOM WORLD 2006, 4-8 December in Hong Kong, China, ITU is organizing a one day event on 8 December entitled "Countering Spam Cooperation Agenda". Key international and regional organizations involved in the fight against spam will gather to discuss greater collaborative efforts to combat spam and related threats. The event is open to all ITU TELECOM WORLD 2006 participants.

    See the full ITU Press Release for the event here.

    Monday, December 04, 2006 11:29:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
     Thursday, September 28, 2006

    The ITU has unveiled a new website Partnerships for Global Cybersecurity dedicated to moderation/facilitation activities related to implementation of WSIS Action Line C5: Building Confidence and Security in the Use of ICTs.

    Background

    The outcome documents from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) emphasize that building confidence and security in the use of ICTs is a necessary pillar for building a global information society (see extracts). The Tunis Agenda describes the establishment of a mechanism for implementation and follow-up to WSIS and requests ITU to play a facilitator/moderator role for WSIS Action Line C5: Building Confidence and Security in the Use of ICTs. In order to stress the importance of the multi-stakeholder implementation of related work programmes, ITU has named this the Partnerships for Global Cybersecurity initiative.

    Here's how to participate and how to contact us if you would like to contribute to the work programmes.

    Work Programmes

    Based on the first facilitation meeting held in May 2006 and the related Chairman's Report, work programmes in three focus areas have been initiated:

    For general information on WSIS implementation as a whole, including other action lines and themes, see here.

     

    Thursday, September 28, 2006 11:34:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |