Participating in the process of strengthening information security and developing cyber culture at the national level is one of the priority directions of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). With this priority in mind, on November 18, 2021, the Institute signed a memorandum of Cooperation with the National Cyber Security Association. The National Cyber Security Association is a Georgian non-profit organization implementing various vital activities to strengthen cybersecurity and raise cybersecurity awareness in Georgia.
The virtualization of public life is an inevitable consequence of technological development. Each form of physical communication is gradually emerging as a digital alternative. The public's dependence on technology and the Internet is increasing, which leads to a growth in the importance of the digital sphere. Specifically, technological development affects all the fundamental values of the states - the quality of democracy and the Rule of Law and the protection of basic human rights.
On February 1st, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) with the support of Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (BST) held a presentation and panel discussion about the report on Internet Freedom and Digital Rights in Georgia.
On January 26, 2022, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) held a workshop on Digital Content Regulation in Georgia covering existing challenges and policy responses.
On December 8, 2021, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) with the support of Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (BST) held a workshop: Regulation of Digital Content in Georgia: Existing Model and Challenges.
In Georgia, throughout the past decade, the standards of cybersecurity and protection of personal data have significantly developed at the level of both legislative and practical implementation. The organizational-institutional framework has been established in both fields, knowledge of specialists working in these areas increased, appropriate strategic and legislative frameworks have been created, which, along with the regulation, should create favorable environmental conditions for cyber security and personal data protection development.
Developing effective tools for monitoring large-scale information disseminated online also remains an important challenge in the Georgian context. Usually, for small languages such as Georgian, such tools are rarely available, and existing monitoring tools require considerable human resources and time investment. In addition, the issue of public trust and authority of civil society as one of the most active sectors working against information manipulation, is noteworthy. A low level of trust has a negative impact on the efforts of the civil society sector to reduce the negative effects of information manipulation and disinformation campaigns in society and to prevent the socio-political polarization based on them. Along with the issue of trust, when it comes to mechanisms to combat online information manipulation, the issue of a unified evaluation and monitoring system remains challenging for civil society organizations in the country.
On November 25, the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) held a workshop on the protection of personal data and guarantee of digital rights.
On November 22, 2021 staff members of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), Teona Turashvili and Nino Gozalishvili held an online discussion with students. The participants were presented with the findings of the study conducted on the issues of digital security and rights.
The story aired by Mtavari Arkhi TV covering the activities of the State Security Service has once again demonstrated that there is an appalling practice of large-scale control and human rights violations in the country.
|29 November 2021|