The Digital Rights School is a seminar on legal regulation in the digital age, organized by the Public Foundation – Civil Initiative on Internet Policy .
The aim of the seminar is to disseminate information on a simple and understandable language about electronic signature, identification, authorization, electronic document, electronic document management, electronic management and services, electronic resources, personal data, confidential information and others.
The Digital Rights School has been held since October 2015. The target audience of the school is representatives of state bodies, universities, non-profit organizations and private lawyers. The seminar program assumes the presence of new trends in the field of legal regulation and is constantly improving with accordance to the suggestions and demands of our listeners.
The school of digital rights is fully consistent with the modern era by being mobile and ubiquitous. Five schools were conducted in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Astana, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan; Khujant, Dushanbe, Bokhtar Tajikistan.
The first digital rights school was held on January 29-31, 2018 in the city of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The participants were civil society representatives, mass media of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, representatives of state bodies. The main issue of 3 – day trainings in January was Ensuring and protecting human rights in the digital environment as well as digital identity, digital transformation and digital economics, digital security. Special attention was paid to the protection of personal data and the study of international experience in this field.
The second school was held on June 4-8, 2018 in the city of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The participants were the representatives of Kyrgyz civil society. The theme of the school was The digital transformation of the state of Taza Koom and the digital rights of citizens. Electronic civil system, digital transformation and digital economy, digital security, big data, digital network CASA, as well as an overview of digital projects launched in Kyrgyzstan, such as: digital health, digital transformation of the education system, electronic notariate and electronic registration of legal entities where students could get practical skills and recommendations to protect their digital data.
The third school was held on June 18-20, 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The participants were civil society, mass media of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The themes of the school were Digital rights to freedom of expression on the Internet and access to information. During the school special emphasis was made on the protection of digital rights in cyberspace, digital security on the Internet.
The fourth school was held on November 8-10, 2018 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The participants were civil society, mass media of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Topics of the school were Digital rights to freedom of expression on the Internet and access to information. Special attention was paid to legal security on the Internet.
The fifth school is December 10-16, 2018 in the cities of Dushanbe, Khujand, Bokhtar of Tajikistan. The participants were civil society, mass media of Tajikistan. The theme of the school was Approaches to regulating cyberspace: Balance of freedom and security; Digital forensics, personal data protection, digital security. With special attention were discussed such issues as protection of digital rights in cyberspace, digital security on the Internet.
The experience of conducting DLSs in neighboring countries has proven the effectiveness of having a NGO partner in each country. In particular, to address issues of logistics, administration and adjustment of the agenda in the local context. The agenda of each of them was adjusted to the national situation, the requirements of the audience and the principle of “individual day – individual theme”.
The CIIP created advocacy oriented learning environment. Local NGOs that have already assisted in an organization of School of Digital Rights can conduct their own national schools which are targeted to joining both the civil and media activists as well as the representatives of the governmental bodies to develop internal potential of the country where the trainings are conducted according to this manual.
The contents of the manual can be found here: Guidelines for the organization of an advocacy-oriented learning environment.