MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION TO ADDRESS PRIVACY AND PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION ONLINE.

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(Photo 1: Ambassador Antonio Maynard (left) Secretary General – St. Kitts and Nevis National Commission for UNESCO, Dr. David Doyle (2nd left) Ambassador for St. Kitts and Nevis to UNESCO (Paris), Honourable Vincent Byron (3rd left) Minister of Communications, Charles Wilkin QC (right) President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association, Boyan Vassilev-Radoykov (2nd right) UNESCO Chief of Section (Paris) and Honourable Shawn Richards (3rd right) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education.)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 25, 2015 (SKNIS):  The “Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society and Internet Privacy” was the theme of a conference organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The conference, which ran from September 23-24, was held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.

Conference delegates were warmly welcomed by Government officials, including the Honourable Vincent Byron, Minister of Communications.

The workshop was put on to deal with legal and ethical issues such as privacy and personal data protection online within the public and private sectors.

The Ministry of Communication will seek to engage a national consultation on these matters and sensitize stakeholders on the threats and ways to safeguard themselves.

Boyan Vassilev-Radoykov, UNESCO Chief of Section, based in Paris, said that “we have a responsibility to shape the thinking and the behaviour of the young generation; nothing is influencing them more than the new technologies nowadays, so the way they use, produce, care and consume information is the crucial issue.”

Minister Byron noted the importance of Information and Communication Technologies.

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(Photo 2: Participants at the UNESCO-OECS Conference.)

“The initiative is certainly a timely one, as the Government is cognizant of the positive contribution of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to a society that depends on the creation of an enabling environment for meaningful participation and representation of all persons in an information society,” said Minister Byron.

He further stated that the utilization of ICTs presents tremendous opportunities for the development and delivery of online public services, e-Commerce, content creation, cost effective communication, social networking and sharing of information for socio-economic development.

Minister Byron outlined his ministry’s strategy in relation to ICTs.

“The Ministry of Communications is in the process of augmenting its National ICT Strategy to address a few matters,” Honourable Byron stated. “These include national sensitization/public awareness, development of the enabling policies and legal framework, strengthening of the ICT infrastructure, content creation and services delivery, as well as the ongoing capacity building and human resources development.”

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