1 February 2009
Internet Safety Project’s Second Annual Meeting to Foster Internet Safety Efforts

In an effort to instigate the safety of knowledge transfer via the Internet, the second annual meeting of the Internet Safety Project will be held on February 18, 2009 in Cairo.

The meeting will be attended by the project’s regional and domestic partners as well as its beneficiaries and stakeholders who will discuss Internet Safety Project’s plans for 2009 and disseminate past years’ achievements.

The event aims to spread awareness about Internet Safety Project’s various objectives and call on all concerned parties to participate in executing its goals. It attempts to further build on the currently adopted strategies of the project through concrete discussions between the project’s partners and beneficiaries including students, teachers, private sector companies, government representatives and civil society.

The meeting will also help put in force the recommendations of the conference “Young People in the Internet and Mobile Age: Safe and Empowered” held in March 2008. The event aimed at providing the opportunity for Egypt to get first-hand knowledge and learn about best practice models implemented around the globe on internet safety for youngsters.

Conforming to Internet Safety Project’s mandate to create a safe cyberspace environment for children through the utilization of ICTs and internet-based tools; the meeting will spread awareness - domestically and regionally - on the importance of the safe use of the internet and best practices and tools in this regards.

Possible partnerships between different Egyptian entities interested in taking serious steps to partner with the project and offer technical assistance to internet users, especially parents, will also be discussed.

In the education domain, the meeting will discuss ways to develop e-content and merge it within the educational system, especially Arabic language one that helps preserve our heritage. Non governmental organizations (NGOs) will also be encouraged to train teachers and parents to use new technology devices and methods and to empower children to do so as well, safely and securely.

The one-day event will be divided into three main sessions. The first session will list the achievements garnered by the project’s partners in 2008. Partners will also state their roles in implementing the project’s strategic plan and their intentions for 2009.

The second session will enable an interactive atmosphere amongst the audience by presenting the beneficiaries’ experiences from the project’s activities. Students, teachers and parents who have benefited from Internet Safety Project’s achievements will be an example for other members of society who wish to participate in raising awareness amongst the public.

Through an open discussion, partners will argue the topic of "Empowering youth in a safe Knowledge Society" in the third session. The project’s stakeholders will be discussing their roles in protecting the society from internet hazards and adopting pioneering proposals in cooperation with industry, government and executive bodies.

Finally, a closed meeting of the International Executive Board will review and approve the meeting’s recommendations and future plans.

Launched in September 2007 in International Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh, Internet Safety Project has been proactive during the past years, participating in many international events directly related to its program.

Internet Safety Project was represented in the committee of "E-Leaders of Tomorrow for ICT and Youth," a body under the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (UN GAID) last November. This committee performs several youth activities related to ICT and coordinates the work of the Global Youth Coalition/Network for ICT.

The project also participated in YES Azerbaijan held in September 2008, the fourth global youth employment summit. The conference facilitated moving forward the global agenda of the YES Campaign initiated at YES Alexandria 2002, where over 1,600 delegates from 120 countries, including over 75 ministerial and government delegates launched a decade long campaign to promote youth employment all over the world.
In December 2007, the project participated in the third Global Knowledge (GK3) Conference, a Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) Event on the Future, in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. During the conference, Internet Safety Project concluded two partnerships with Intel and Childnet International within the Global Knowledge Partnership opportunity framework.

About The Internet Safety Project
First of its kind in the region, the Internet Safety Project was launched in 2007 at the International Youth Forum in Sharm el Sheik. The project utilizes ICTs and internet-based tools with the chief aim of spreading a culture of peace, tolerance and dialogue among youth through facilitating intercultural communication and understanding, empathy creation, skill development and internet safety awareness and knowledge among young people and other stakeholders.

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