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Published: 23 December 2014

Capacity Building Workshop on Promoting a Safer Cyberspace in the Arab Region, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 8-9 December 2014

This workshop was jointly organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), the ITU Regional Cybersecurity Center (ITU-RCC) and the Information Technology Authority in Oman, from 8 to 9 December 2014 in Muscat. Legal and procedural measures to combat cybercrime and improve cyber-safety in the Arab region were explored during this workshop.


Published: 18 December 2014

ESCWA participates in the organization of the Second Regional Forum on Digital Arabic Content held under the title of "Developmental Impact of the Digital Arabic Content Industry", Cairo, 12-13 November 2014

This forum was organized in the framework of the implementation of the Council of Arab Communication Ministers resolution on the promotion of the DAC, adopted at its Sixteenth Session in Wahran, Algeria June 2012, under the title "Developmental Impact of the Digital Arabic Content (DAC) Industry". It is also implemented as a follow up to the first regional forum on DAC held in December 2013.


Published: 15 August 2014

Boosting Digital Arabic Content – new report examines challenges and opportunities

The study essentially examines the share of DAC on the Internet and highlights the challenges and opportunities for its development and growth. According to the study, DAC is estimated to be at 3 percent of online content even though the Arab region constitutes 5.1 percent of the world population and around 4 percent of the global GDP. However, the question remains as to the pace at which DAC will increase and whether it will be able to bridge the digital divide.


Published: 24 July 2014

ESCWA Launches the Regional Profile of the Information Society in the Arab Region – 2013

ESCWA has recently launched its report on the “2013 Regional Profile of the Information Society in the Arab Region” on June 9th 2014 during the WSIS+10 High Level Event, held in Geneva. This Regional Profile is the sixth in a series of such reports since 2003 as part of the World Summit on the Information Society.

The 13-chapter Report was developed by the Technology for Development Division at ESCWA (formerly ICTD) and evaluates specific components of the information society, which align with the WSIS action lines such as ICT infrastructure, building confidence and security, enabling environment, cultural and linguistic diversity, electronic services and ICT applications. In addition, it covers additional areas of special interest to the Arab region such as the ICT sector.


UN-ESCWA discussed “Digital Content for Inclusive Knowledge Society” during the WSIS+10 High Level Event

Nine panellists from international, regional and national organizations discussed the advances made in digital content and multilingualism in cyber space, and shared their opinions and recommendations on the role of digital content in the development of inclusive knowledge societies, during the recent thematic workshop held in Geneva on the 13 of June 2014 as part of the WSIS+10 High Level Event.


   Meetings and workshops  

Capacity Building Workshop on Measuring the Use and Impact of ICT
December 17-18, 2013

Regional Workshop on e-Government Best Practices
December 3 - 5, 2013

Arab Forum on the ICT Sector
May 7-10, 2013

Expert Group Meeting on the Role of ICT in Socio-Economic Development
April 9-10, 2013

Workshop on Results of ICT indicators Survey in the Business Sector in Iraq
March 25-28, 2013

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