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Central Asian journalists study information security

A three-day training workshop on Strengthening Information Security Skills among Kazakhstani Journalists took place from 15 to 17 July 2009 in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan. It was organized by the public fund Civil Initiative on Internet Policy (CIIP) and supported by UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development Communication (IPDC).


The workshop brought together journalists from the cities of Astana, Almaty, Kostanay, Kokshetay and Aterau. They came from several media outlets, including the newspapers - Millionaire, Kazinform, Vecherniy Almaty and Kurs, as well as the national TV channels of Kazakhstan - KTK and Khabar.

The main goal of the training was to equip the participants with skills, knowledge and tools for safe and effective use of technology. The participants gained a better understanding of information security and other technology-related policies and legislation. This is essential to improve the access to information, which is a key condition for any journalistic work.

Alongside policy and legal issues, the trainees studied safe e-mailing practices, good practices in storing information, the significance of mastering one’s own passwords and encryption.

At the end of the workshop, the participants concluded that the training was important for the information security in Central Asia. “We learned about effective use of new technologies for job purposes, which will make our work with such tools as Internet much easier,” said Marina Rybalko, editor of newspaper Kurs, from Kokshetay.

This training was the first in the series of six workshops for Kazakhstani, Kyrgyzstani and Tajikistani journalists.