Kazakhstan hosts regional internet forum
A two-day regional forum on internet business, regulations and freedoms concluded Friday in Kazakhstan's southern business capital Almaty, Central Asia Newswire reported.
The "Second Central Asian Internet Development Forum" attracted around 100 media experts and journalists and others from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Lithuania and Ukraine, as well as from Kazakhstan.
The participants focused on freedom of expression and potential threats to the free flow of online information as well as governmental regulations. They also explored business aspects of the internet and other issues.
Kazakh participants represented government, civil society, locally based international organizations and diplomatic missions.
Jeannette Kloetzer, deputy head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) main office in Kazakhstan, said the overall goal of the forum was "to explore the full potential of the internet, to identify potential obstacles and ways to address them, while observing international standards and OSCE commitments on freedom of expression and information," the OSCE said in a report on its web site.
The organizers will compile of a set of recommendations based on issues raised during the event to advise government agencies and interested parties on ways to develop the internet in the region.
Other organizers included Soros Foundation-Kazakhstan, an EU delegation, the local U.S. Embassy and Kazakh media groups.