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JFF News
April 29, 2015
The “Cyberspace: Information Security and Rights” Handbook Presented
The “Cyberspace: Information Security and Rights” Handbook Presented

A handbook entitled “Cyberspace: Information Security and Rights” was presented in Yerevan on 29 April 2015, at “Garni” Hall of “Ani Plaza” Hotel. The publication, which is also inclusive of a survey on the Protection of online security rules in Armenia, has been developed by the Journalists for the Future NGO, with the support of the OSCE Office in Yerevan.

In his opening speech Oliver McCoy, Democratization Programme Officer at the OSCE Office in Yerevan, noted: “A civil society organization dedicated to improving the integrity of the media landscape in Armenia I value JFF’s contribution as they continue to educate journalists and policy makers.  I believe this latest handbook makes a substantial contribution toward promoting good practice and in maintaining the sanctity of personal information on the Internet”.

Anonymous survey on the “Protection of Online Security Rules in Armenia” has been conducted among 50 media and CSO representatives of Armenia each of them answering 50 questions in total. The survey aimed at revealing journalists' and CSO representatives' perception regarding the significance of protection of information security rules as active consumers of the Net. The survey contains information on digital devices and operating systems used by the respondents, frequency of the Internet usage by them, methods to protect their own information security as well as their own experience of facing common problems and appearing in the target of cybercrime when using digital devices.

“The majority of respondents seem to properly define what cybercrime is, however, their answers given to questions regarding security certify that they do not adequately realize the dangers and damages addressed to their own person because of cybercrimes,” says the project director and JFF president Suren Deheryan. 

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According to him there is no one among the respondents to exclude detection of an unfamiliar, undesirable program or a virus in digital devices used by them. This means that all of the survey participants have been a victim of a cybercrime at least once.

The survey report is accessed in Armenian and involved in the “Cyberspace: Information Security and Rights” handbook.

The handbook also refers to the international principles of the Internet governance, rights of personal and family life in cyberspace, legal side of cybercrimes, international cyber attacks and wiretapping, Armenia being involved, too. Last part of the handbook is about the legislative and legal situation of Russian domains.

Chapters of the “Cyberspace: Information Security and Rights” handbook are authored by lawyers Ara Ghazaryan and Sargis Darbinyan (Russia), expert on information security Samvel Martirosyan. The survey data on “Protection of Online Safety Rules in Armenia” were technically developed and analyzed by Karine Darbinyan, typed by the responsible person of the poll Hasmik Paytyan.

The “Cyberspace: Information Security and Rights” e-handbook will be posted on www.jnews.am.

Source: Journalists for the Future NGO

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