Central Asian journalists study information security

24 July 2009

A three-day training on Strengthening Information Security Skills Among Kazakhstani Journalists took place on 15-17 July 2009 in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
The training was organized by Public Fund Civil Initiative on Internet Policy (CIIP), supported by UNESCOs the International Programme for Development Communications (IPDC).

The workshop brought together journalists from the cities of Astana, Almaty, Kostanay, Kokshetay and Atyrau. They came from several media outlets including the Millionaire newspaper, Kazinform, the national TV channels Kazakhstan, KTK and Khabar as well as Vecerniy Almaty and Kurs newspapers.

The main goal of the training was to equip the participants with skills, knowledge and tools for safe and effective use of technology.

The participants gained a better understanding of information security and other technology-related policies and legislation. This is essential to improve the access to information, which is a key condition for any journalistic work.

Alongside policy and legal issues, the participants studied safe e-mailing practices, good practices in storing information, the significance of mastering ones own passwords, and encryption.

At the end of the three-day training participants concluded that the training was important for the information security in Central Asia.

We learned about effective use of new technologies for job purposes, which makes our work with for instance - internet much easier, Marina Rybalko, editor of the Kurs newspaper, Kokshetay said.

The workshop was the first one in the series of six workshops for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstani and Tajikistani journalists, two for each.

Permanent link: http://en.unesco.kz/central-asian-journalists-study-information-security