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Workshop on UAE’s information society



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The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) hosted two major workshops outlining UAE’s success in building a dynamic information society along a set of related matters, such as digital security and students’ empowermentat the 2016 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva, Switzerland.
High-ranking government officials were invited to speak on national initiatives related to digital safety, student empowerment, and the UAE Smart’s transformation in general and Dubai particularly, among others. This comes within the framework of TRA’s efforts to strengthen the leadership of the UAE on the global information society’s map, and to be as an active partner in achieving the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The UAE Country Workshop; which main theme is “UAE Government, Government of Future – Building the Best Smart Governments and Cities in the World – Extraordinary Transformation that Touches Everyone’s Life”, on the other hand, included HE HessaEssaBuhumaid, Assistant Director General for Government Services and Leadership in the Prime Minister’s and future Office; H.E. Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General at Smart Dubai Office; HE WesamLootah, CEO of Smart Dubai Government; and Eng. Mohammed Al Khamis, the TRA’s Senior Manager for ICT Planning, as moderator. The workshop was about Dubai’s transformation into a smart city, the ‘smart government’ underpinning this change, and newly-designated positions at the UAE’s cabinet that will positively impact the country’s development into an Information Society.
As for the panelists of the UAE Thematic Workshop on ‘UAE Government – Student Self-Immune Awareness Program & Addressing The Rising Trend of Cyber Blackmail’ featured by the Khalifa Student Empowerment Program in Dubai Police; Eng. GhaithAlmazaina, Manager for Business Affairs at TRA’s Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT); and SulemanBakhsh, TRA’s Manager Internet Governance, as moderator. The group discussed the achievements of ‘AQDAR,’ the Khalifa Student Empowerment Programme.
HE Majed Al Mesmar, Deputy Director General of TRA, was presented at both workshops; HE chairs the National ‘WSIS’ Committee, the government entity in charge of following up on the implementation of the ‘WSIS’ recommendations and action lines in the UAE.

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