Nepal IGF 2018 concludes; express WI-FI to come in Nepal

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The second edition of ‘Nepal Governance Forum’ 2018 concluded on Saturday at Hotel Himalaya, Kupondol. The program was organized by Internet Society Nepal in association with Internet Governance Institute.

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The Two days event was hosted under the theme “Making internet accessible, affordable and safe.”

Participants from different backgrounds showed their presence in the program.  Delegates from various government bodies, organizations, associations, and agencies have been involved in IG discussion. The program discussed 18 different categories of internet technology.

Issues regarding internet infrastructure, electricity economic, cyber security, development of infrastructure, fake news and social networking was discussed in the forum by the experts.

The event intensely studied and discussed regarding the quality of internet service, freedom of information and expression on the internet and scope of the smart city in Nepal, said Santosh Babu Sigdel, President at Internet Society Nepal.

Delegates from Facebook, International Internet Governance Forum, ICAN, and APN showed their participation in the forum.

The representative from Facebook- the largest social media network stated very soon Nepal will be facilitated with ‘Express WI-FI’; it is a connectivity service by Facebook under internet.org. It provides access to the internet by the use of public WI-FI hotspot which is economical in cost, high bandwidth, as per Facebook.

“Nepal is extremely in risk of cyber attacks, from last two years the incidence of cyber attacks has escalated massively. We must proceed towards effective ways to ensure cyber safety”, said Ragu Nath Bhandari, CEO at Swift Technology.

“Institutions should focus on awareness campaign for both clients and employs to overcome the cyber attacks. As per the reports Nepal is in the sharp target of hacktivist, hackers like to experiment in a developing country like Nepal”, said Srijan K. Malla, CTO at Siddhartha Bank.

“Investments for recruiting advance technologies is the major challenges for all the institution, due to this organization are unable to detect cyber threats or attacks,” said Neelesh Man Singh Pradhan, CEO at Nepal Clearing House Ltd (NCHL). Similarly, another challenge mentioned by Pradhan is Institutions are lacking behind for the proper collaboration with cyber experts.

The Inauguration of the Event was done by Giriraj Mani Pokharel, Minister of Education, Science, and Technology. Likewise, the closing ceremony of the event was led by Mahendra Man Gurung, Secretary at Ministry of Information and Technology.

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