The Public Foundation “Civil Initiative on Internet Policy” (CIIP) is a non-governmental non-profit organization registered in accordance with the requirements of the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic in 2001. The Foundation aims to contribute in building of a digital society, which is based on information and knowledge, as well as a multilateral approach to the development of cyberspace and the secure use of information and communication technologies (ICT).
The Foundation’s activities are based on the following principles:
- Participation of citizens in building a digital society;
- Constructive dialogue between various ICT sector stakeholders and government agencies with the aim of achieving social consensus among all participants;
- Recognition of the non-governmental actors in the ICT sector as a driving force in the ICT policy-making process, in order to ensure transparency and proper governance in the field of ICT;
- Free and ubiquitous access of citizens to information;
- Protection of personal data and private life of citizens;
- Proportionality in matters of cybersecurity and respect for human rights.
The Public Foundation CIIP has achieved significant results in many areas of ICT development, including improving the legislation and promoting interests of the non-governmental sector in the development of Internet. Since its inception, CIIP has successfully implemented more than 60 projects. The projects are aimed at improving Internet policy, implementing reforms in the regulation of Internet and telecommunications, promoting open data and increasing knowledge of information security in the Central Asian region, improving access to public services through ICT, monitoring the Internet to assess openness and freedom of access to resources on the Internet, the development and promotion of free and open source software on the basis of LINUX, improving access of rural residents to communications through the creation of a network of e-centers and many others.
The organization has extensive experience working with a wide range of ICT policy participants both in the Kyrgyz Republic and internationally. The Foundation is an active participant in the Eurasian i-Policy Network (EIPN), which unites highly professional information policy specialists from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Russia. EIPN takes an active participation in the governmental and public live democratization processes, through enhancement of the equal, free and fair internet access and through public institutes’ and citizens’ role increase in the decision making by the state structure in the informational communication technologies application.
CIIP is also the coordinator of the regional project “Open Network – Eurasia”, which unites a network of international experts and analysts in the field of politics, economics and cyberspace governance. The objective of the project is to analyse and evaluate trends in the development of cyberspace, the regulatory policy of states in relation to the Internet and its impact on the economic well-being of the region. One of the main products of the OpenNet Eurasia Initiative has become the Digital Report portal – a source of news, analytics and professional resources for the information and telecommunications development of Eurasia. The portal was launched in December 2014 and is available at https://digital.report/.