Cyber-security, cyber crime and safeguarding citizens

The Fourth Parliamentary Forum on Shaping the Information Society will take place in Geneva on 18-20 May

DESA, through The Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, together with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), will be hosting this event entitled “The Triple Challenge of Cyber-Security: Information, Citizens and Infrastructure”.

The Forum will focus on the representative, law-making and oversight responsibilities of members of parliaments regarding the issues of cyber-security. It will address the particular challenges posed by the illicit use of information and communications technologies, such as the safeguarding of citizens in the connected environment; the protection of State information, data and infrastructures; and the transnational response to cyber crime.

The aim of the Forum is to further the dialogue among legislators on the different strategic and political priorities implemented at the national level and outline a broad perspective of different national engagements directed at responding to the challenge discussed. Its goal is also to delineate the role and responsibilities of parliaments in their legislative and oversight functions with respect to the topics addressed, identify good parliamentary practices and prepare recommendations for action by legislatures.

The Forum is expected to attract 150 members of parliament with responsibilities for Information Society issues from all over the world, as well as senior representatives and officials of international organizations, and experts from agencies, governments, the ICT industry and academia.

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