Monday, 23 February 2009

Intel pledges support for Egypt in Cyberpeace Initiative

An article in AME Info ("Intel takes leading role in annual Cyberpeace Initiative in Egypt") reports that semiconductor chip giant Intel has reinforced its commitment to the Egyptian community by taking a leading role in the Cyberpeace Initiative (CPI). This involvement is seen as part of Intel's continuing effort to endorse education advancement and inspire the next generation of innovators.

The CPI's Egypt launch, attended by Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, seeks to raise awareness about knowledge transfer safety through the internet. Intel also reinforced its commitment to education in Egypt by announcing the provision of Intel Learn training to over 5,000 students in CPI, thus helping the students develop 21st learning skills and understand their responsibility in cyberspace. According to the article,
"CPI's mandate is to increase awareness about the immense potential of information and communications technology in today's global arena, and of Internet safety. In order to accomplish their mandate, CPI will engage in conducting research on current e-safety needs of young people in Egypt, assess the most appropriate guidelines for safe internet usage, and contribute to wider strategic programs".
It is not known what the CPI's position is with regard to intellectual property rights and the balance between protection of authors' works and facilitating access to them.

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