The first regional conference on Cyber Diplomacy and Governance: Opportunities, Challenges and Ways to Move Forward in Arab Countries, was held in co-operation with the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) on May 16 and 17 in Jordan.
Dr Noora Fetais, associate professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Qatar University (QU), participated in the conference.
She spoke about the importance of cyber diplomacy and its role in overcoming difficulties in international affairs.
She also talked about the effective role of non-governmental agencies in the field of cyber diplomacy and the lessons learned from the experiences of other countries.
Dr Fetais said, “Cybersecurity threats are a growing global problem. Countries, including Arab countries in particular and the Middle East in general, face a set of complex threats that seek to exploit their digital economies. Great strides have been made in protecting governments, companies and individuals from cyber threats, with the aim of implementing ambitious national strategies and future visions. However, the participation of most Arab countries in global operations, global cyber diplomacy and cyber governance forums is still below the desired level and needs further improvement.
"Enhancing Arab representation in these global dialogues will be beneficial to both sides in terms of learning about Arab experiences and priorities, and this level of dialogue can help Arab countries orient their national policies in a way that increases the benefits of information and communication technology and reduces potential risks."