Cuba Recognized with Web Prize in Geneva

Cuba Recognized with Web Prize in Geneva

The director of the Computer Applications Company (Desoft) of Pinar del Rio, Elena Real, highlighted today the award given by the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) to the web portal Redpinar.

After receiving the award, Real told Prensa Latina that it is a recognition of the advances achieved in society computerization in Cuba, a sample of the development of electronic government in the island. Redpinar was declared champion in the first category of the WSIS 2019 contest, referring to the role of governments and actors in ICT promotions.

The Citizen Portal inPinar del Río is designed to make it easier for people to communicate with institutions, send suggestions, requests and opinions,' Real said. Two other Cuban projects were nominated for the 2019 edition of the WSIS, the website of Cuba Post and CubaEduca, a network community of the island's National Education System. The WSIS contest has 18 categories that include infrastructure development, access to web connections, governments and e-commerce, among others, and is a platform to identify and show success stories and models to be replicated internationally. Some 90 champions announced the International Telecommunications Union, of which 18 winners were recognized during this day of the World Summit that will be in session in Geneva until the 12th.

The World Summit of the Information Society is the largest meeting of the ICT community for the exchange of information, the creation of knowledge and the search for best practices. The Deputy Minister of Communications of Cuba, Ernesto Rodríguez advocated here today for greater international cooperation to prevent and deal with threats in cyberspace. Participating in the high-level political session of the X Forum of the World Summit of the Information Society, Rodríguez said that the use of ICT has transformed the international security landscape from its use for criminal purposes and for other activities of destabilization contrary to peace, which has produced an increase in risk in recent years. Regarding the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for criminal purposes, governments should develop instruments and mechanisms, including treaties and cooperation agreements, to effectively investigate incidents and prosecute the perpetrators of crimes committed in the cyberspace, said the Cuban deputy minister. He noted that cyber attacks, cyberterrorism, the violation of the privacy of people, false news, hate speech, among other inappropriate uses of ICTs are growing. And fighting them is increasingly difficult, he said, due to the accelerated development of new technologies linked to ICT, such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of things and the fifth generation of mobile telephony, among others. The World Summit on the Information Society is the largest meeting of the ICT community for the exchange of information, the creation of knowledge and the search for best practices.

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