Participants of the workshop held under the initiative of Pakistan School of Internet Governance (PkSIG), including government, academia, industry and civil society, have strongly recommended to devise a comprehensive strategy for internet governance in the country.
The four-day event, organized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and National Textile University in partnership with Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Asia-Pacific Network Internet Centre (APNIC), and Internet Society (ISOC), concluded at HEC Secretariat on Thursday.
Ms. Anusha Rahman, Minister of State for IT and Telecom, was chief guest at the closing ceremony. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, Dr. Ismail Shah, Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Mr. Walid Irshaid, President and CEO PTCL, Dr. Arshad Ali, Rector NTU, Dr. Raza Bhatti, Executive Director HEC, and Mr. Anwar Amjad, DG (IT) HEC were also present on the occasion.
The workshop participants held brainstorming sessions on political, legal, economic, socio-cultural, technological and other dimensions of the Internet Governance within the context of the Pakistani national imperatives.
They agreed that stable and flexible functioning of internet is extremely important which is impossible in the absence of a well thought-out policy addressing numerous challenges associated with the internet management.
The participants have given recommendations related to cybersecurity, cybercrime, cyber laws, internet taxation, privacy, national internet governance forum, e-public services, rural connectivity, IPv6, public policy development platform, capacity building and awareness, digital economy, business opportunities in the domain name industry, web accessibility, censorship, net neutrality and zero rating, gender balance and participation, and improve ICT infrastructure.