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Programme Office in Astana supports Seventh Forum on Internet Development in Central Asia


On 12-13 May, the Office in co-operation with the International Centre for Journalism MediaNet and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Kazakhstan held the seventh annual Central Asian Forum on Internet Development in Almaty. The two-day event brought together some 100 government officials, representatives from civil society, media-related NGOs, experts and journalists from Armenia, Germany, France, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. During the Forum, participants discussed problems and development trends in the Internet space of Central Asia, as well as shared their opinions about the latest challenges on the Internet, including xenophobia, hateful propaganda, the language of intolerance, information wars, the manipulation of facts and ways to counter such harmful content. At the event’s conclusion, participants developed a set of recommendations related to the forum’s topics, which will be disseminated among government agencies and other stakeholders in Central Asia and the Internet community at large.