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Representatives of Media, Civil Society, and Digital Activists Learned the Basics of Cybersecurity and Digital Hygiene

Representatives of Media, Civil Society, and Digital Activists Learned the Basics of Cybersecurity and Digital Hygiene


Cybersecurity is an integral part of our lives today, it is protecting information from malicious users who can harm us. Many people mistakenly believe that they are not the target of the scammers. However, everyone needs to have basic skills in cybersecurity and digital hygiene.  In April – May of the current year, the Media Dialogue project jointly with the Civic Initiative of Internet Policy conducted training for more than 50 media representatives, organizations of civil society, digital activists and universities instructors on the basics of cybersecurity and digital hygiene.

The trainers were legal experts in the field of IT / ICT, specialists in the field of digital law and protection of personal data Irina Baikulova and Marat Torobekov, trainer on cybersecurity Eldar Bozhokoev, as well as an international expert in cybersecurity Valery Zubanov.

Participants learned about their rights to protect personal data, liability for the dissemination of illegal information, cybersecurity landscape, security risks in social networks, protection of electronic communications and digital data.


Unfortunately, civic activists, journalists, and bloggers are very much targets of cyber-attacks. When it comes to cybersecurity and safety, we are never safe, and there is always something new to learn, even people who are more literate on this topic can still be very much target in this respect. I hope this training can help you enhance your resilience to cyber threats and be safer.

— Vittoria Zanellati, Programmes Officer, European Partnership for Democracy


I realized that until today, I did not follow elementary rules of digital security. Thus, the training was useful for us, as we received insights into digital rights, digital data protection, and cybersecurity. The training sessions were conducted in an engaging and easy-to-digest mode.

— Asel Zhumalieva, a Deputy of the Local Council of Nizhniy Ala-Archa Rural County


The training is crucial for civil society activists working with the population and conducting training. We need to work securely with our accounts in social networks and personal emails. It is necessary to know how and when to publish and take security measures so that our personal data were protected. It turns out that we did not know the elementary things. This training allowed us to review our behavior in the digital space.

— Gulzhan Baibetova, Executive Director of Women’s Democracy Network


 I learned new things I hadn’t even thought about before. For example, I did not pay attention to the logical, physical and digital protection of the device. Now I know that such indifference as “who cares about me?” can threaten my personal safety and of surrounding me people. In the age of technology and digitalization, everyone who has access to the Internet needs to be cyber literate. I take the opportunity to thank the Media Dialogue project and trainers for new knowledge.

— Blogger, Bayzn Amantaeva



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