Wednesday, June 1, 2022
MCIT Wins "Champions" Award of WSIS 2022
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) won the "Champions" award of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2022, during the awards ceremony held on the sidelines of the WSIS Forum currently held at the headquarters of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland, under the title: "Information and Communication Technologies for Prosperity, Inclusion and Flexibility."
MCIT won the award for the category "Building Confidence and Security in the Use of Information and Communication Technology" for its SafeSpace platform project, which aims to implant the culture of security and digital safety. The MCIT project defeated five other projects to win the award.
Mashael Ali Al Hammadi, Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Information Technology Affairs at MCIT, head of the State of Qatar's delegation participating in the WSIS 2022 Forum, said, "Winning this prestigious award is a testament to the extent of investment and efforts made by the Ministry in the field of digital transformation."
Mashael Al Hammadi, who received the award at the ceremony, explained that the State of Qatar keeps pace with all developments in the field of information and communications technology, and it has invested a lot in this important vital field, which has enabled it to take global advanced positions, so the WSIS award-crowned SafeSpace project is one example of successes in digital growth and IT creativity.
Seventeen projects from Qatar have qualified for the WSIS award in their diverse categories, which aim to evaluate projects and activities that benefit from the power of ICT to advance sustainable development, with two of these projects reaching the final stage and nominated for the Champions Award.
It is worth mentioning that SafeSpace aims to implant the culture of security, digital safety and awareness among all segments of Qatari and Arab society, including teachers, students, youth, parents, children and others, based on three basic principles: prevention, protection and empowerment, thereby enhancing the user's capabilities to become safer in the digital world.
This platform is the official online presence of all initiatives, which fall under the Digital Safety Program of the MCIT's Digital Community Department, to be its main window, supported by awareness campaigns for digital security and safety on social media sites, public places, the Digital Safety Ambassadors Program, the Electronic Digital Safety Library and digital safety workshops.
The State of Qatar, the golden strategic partner of the forum, is represented by a high-level official delegation that includes representatives of a number of the official entities in the country, led by Mashael Ali Al Hammadi, Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Information Technology Affairs at MCIT.
The Qatari delegation includes representatives from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the Planning and Statistics Authority, Mada - Qatar Assistive Technology Center, and Ehsan Center.
The forum provides an opportunity for discussions, consultations, cooperation and information exchange between different stakeholders to ensure that ICT is used as a key enabler in achieving the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals.