Participants of the Digital Rights School are potential changers of Kyrgyzstan


On January 29-31, 2018, the School of Digital Rights (SDR) was held in Bishkek. The three-day seminar this time was devoted to the topic of ensuring and protecting human rights in the digital environment. The workshop program focused on issues such as digital identity, digital transformation, digital economy and digital security.

More than 30 representatives of non-governmental non-profit organizations, civil society activists, lawyers and government officials attended the seminar.

One of the speakers and the ideological inspirer of the school was Nikolai Dmitrik, who is the head of the digital economy legal regulation department of the National Center for Digital Economy of the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov. He noted that the last event was not the first in a row, but the most serious in content.

From the experience of previous schools, we realized that the most interesting question for our students was about for whom digital transformation ultimately happens. Therefore, we focused on the main thing: on the person, his rights, freedoms and interests; on what opportunities modern technologies carry for people, but also on what threats they carry in themselves. We have wonderful listeners and wonderful experts, so the conversation during the school turned out to be essentially: how to develop in the modern world, and what the state also gives the right to protect human rights and interests, ” – commented Dmitrik.

Andrei Sushko, the school’s speaker and co-founder of the Digital Freedoms Lab (Human Constanta, Belarus), determined the school’s relevance as follows: “The participants are people who are potential carriers of change in the country. Get together and get as advanced knowledge of the latest trends in government, about the economy, about the law in the light of digital transformation, and in some way form for themselves a similar idea of ​​what kind of a common future they have to build together, they see its image. In this sense, it is much easier to move from theory to concrete actions and reforms.

In addition, the seminar was also co-led by leading experts from Georgia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan who are familiar with trends and international standards in the fields of personal data protection, privacy, access to information in the digital environment, digital economy, cryptography, blockchain technology, cyber security, digital hygiene, digital freedoms.

According to the results of the Center, all participants received certificates of successful completion of the seminar. The next school is scheduled for the summer of 2018.

The School of Digital Rights is organized by the Public Foundation Civic Initiative of Internet Policies and is implemented with the support of the Open Society Foundations (OSF, United Kingdom) and the Soros-Kyrgyzstan Foundation.

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