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3rd Central Asian Internet Governance Forum – CAIGF

Day 1

9:00 – 10:00 Registration and welcome coffee
Moderator: Diana Okremova
10:00 – 11.00 Welcome speeches:

Timur Shaimergenov, Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Daryn Tuyakov, Ministry of Information and Communications of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Nurudin Mukhitdinov, Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications

George A. Krol, United States Ambassador to Kazakhstan

Zoltan Szalai, Charge d’Affaires a.i. of the Delegation of European Union to Kazakhstan

Alexandra Kulikova, ICANN

Vahan Hovsepyan, RIPE NCC

Maarit Palovirta, ISOC

Chengetai Masango, IGF Secretariat, (Video message)

Hall Sary-Arka 4
Moderator Ruslan Abdikalikov, Vice-Chairperson to the Committee on Information Security of the Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan
11:00 – 13:00 Plenary session: Internet Governance in Central Asia in the Context of Digital Transformation

  • Internet regulation practices in the national context
  • Data Industry as the source of new resources for Digital Economy
  • Self-regulation as a compliment to the Regulation
  • Cyber-physical systems of the Industry 4.0 (IoT, Cloud, AI, Mobile) to address fundamentally new challenges
  • Coordination of efforts in the time of transformations, which constantly requires new thinkings, new literacies, new partners and proactiveness for participation in these changes.


Ruslan Abdikalikov, Vice-Chairperson to the Committee on Information Security of the Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Ilhom Atoev, Deputy Chairman of the Communications Service of the Republic of Tajikistan, “Internet Governance in Tajikistan”

Eshmambet Amatov, Deputy Chairperson of the State Committee of Information Technologies and Communication of the Kyrgyz Republic

Ghenadi Mitriuc, Representative of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, “Internet Governance in the National Context: Exploring the Balance between Advantages of the Information Society and Cyber-security”

Nurudin Mukhitdinov, Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC) Download

Alain Durand, ICANN, “DNS and ITHI” Download

Anja Gengo, NRIs Focal Point, IGF Secretariat, (Remote participation)

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
Hall Sary-Arka 4 Aktau
Moderators Tattu Mambetalieva, Director of the Public Fund Civil Initiative on Internet Policy Asomiddin Atoev, CyberSAR consultant, SecDev Foundation
14:30 – 16:30 Regulation of Legal Relations in the New Reality

  • Perspectives of the blockchain technology applications in the region
  • Internet of Things, Clouds, and Artificial Intelligence
  • Accessibility of digital dividends dependent from independent regulators of key industries
  • Social media opportunities for data industry


Yelena Maksyuta, Supreme court of Republic of Kazakhstan, “Issues of publication of judicial acts on the Internet”

Vahan Hovsepyan, RIPE NCC “Policy Development Process , How RIPE Community can participate in policy development” Download

Alexey Kozliuk, Digital Rights Laboratory, “Personal Data Protection as an Advantage of Digital Economy: GDPR is already here”

Nikolay Dmitrik, National Center for Digital Economy of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, “Authentication of Digital Identity: Challenges and Perspectives” Download

David Kiziriya, University of Georgia, “Blockchain: Public Management Redesign”

Sergei Antonenko, Legal Research Centre for Legal Informatics, “Processes of Creating Single State System of Normative Legal Information in Ukraine accessible via Internet in the Digital Transformation Context”

Sarkis Darbinyan, RosKomSvoboda, Digital Rights Centre, “Digital Resistance: What is Wrong with the State Regulation of Cyberspace in Russia?”

Muhammadi Ibodulloev, PF Civil Internet Policy Initiative, “Digital Rights of Citizens as a Factor of Information Security”

Central Asian States Readiness to Digital Economy

  • Digital Economy Transformation Key Challenges
  • The role of State in building digital economy
  • The role of Digital CASA in the region digital transformation
  • The IT Industry Clustering: practice and lessons learned
  • Big Data Analytics
  • National Economy Digital Transformation


Kavitha Kunhi Kannan, Public Policy Manager for Facebook in India and South & Central Asia Download

Saniya Idrisova, Association of IT Companies of Kazakhstan

Maarit Palovirta, Internet Society, ISOC global report on land-locked countries Download

Andrei Sushko, Laboratory of Digital Rights, “Digital Engagment — Tools of Electronic Participation of Citizens in Decision-making” Download

Marina Mkhitaryan, Kolba Lab Project, UNDP, “Data – the new oil” Download

Christian Teuschel, RIPE NCC, “Big Data Analytics” Download

Murat Aygojiev, Director of the State Enterprise State Technical Service, “On Changes in Attestation of the State Information Systems”

Vladimir Turekhanov, “Knowledge as a significant factor of effective governance of the Internet” Download

16:30 – 17:00 Coffee-break
17:00 – 17:30 Summary of the 1st day
19:00 – 21:00 Evening program, restaurant “Alasha”

Day 2

Hall Sary-Arka 4
Moderator Gulmira Birzhanova, Legal Media Centre
9:30 – 11:00 Plenary Session: Digital Central Asia Cyberspace

  • The role of digital hygiene and social norms for the prevention of online extremism
  • Multi-stakeholder partnership as a success factor in preventing violent extremism online
  • National Action Plans for Proactive Use of Internet in Countering Terrorist Threats
  • Approaches for a balanced engagement of the governments and civil society to building cybersecurity policy priorities
  • Priority directions in building the regulatory framework of the critical infrastructure


Zamir Kozhanazarov, Senior Prosecutor to the Information Security Group of the Committee on Legal Statistics and Specific Records of the General Prosecutor Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Representative of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Maksat Moldobaev, Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic

Andrii Paziuk, Ukranian Academy of Cyber Security, “Multistakeholder partnership in cybersecurity education and workforce development: best practices of the United States”

Sarkis Darbinyan, RosKomSvoboda, “Legislation and practice of restricting access to illegal content. RuNet after 6 years of blockings. Conclusions and Lessons Learned” Download

Miсhael Klimarev, Internet Protection Society Download

Arman Abdrasilov, Centre of Analysis and Investigation of Cyber Attacks, “How to Create CERT Where It Does Not Needed?”

Zaur Zeinalov, Legal Expert on ICT Issues, “Priority directions in the formation of the critical infrastructure legal framework” Download

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee-break (прилегающие территории)
Hall Sary-Arka 4 Aktau
Moderators Michael Anisimov,

Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ

Arman Abdrasilov, Director of  Centre of Analysis and Investigation of Cyber Attacks, Kazakhstan
11:30 – 13:30 Cybersecurity in the digital economy context

  • Cybersecurity and protection of the critical infrastructure
  • Cybersecurity for a person, society and state
  • The relevance of the regional and global cooperation on cybersecurity
  • Legal and Policy frameworks for the protection of critical infrastructure


Nurzhan Duzbaev, International IT University, Kazakhstan

Jamshed Saidov, Vice-chairperson of the Committee on International Affairs, Public Unions, and Information the Parliament of Tajikistan, “Regional Partnership – Important Factor of Ensuring Cyber Security”

Pavlo Smolianinov, The Ukrainian Academy of Cyber Security “Public Private Partnership in Cyber Security. Ukranian Experience”

Vladimir Svanadze, Internet Development Initiative, “Cybersecurity Ecosystem of Georgia. Experience and a New Challenges” Download

Talgat Nurylbaev, ISOC Kazakhstan, “ISOC Kazakhstan and Cyber Security Challenges” Download

Coordination of efforts in counteracting extremism online

  • Extremism online – reflection of reality or an objective reality
  • Regional and International technological efforts to Counter Terrorism, Tech Against Terrorism.


Representative, Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Representative, National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Representative, Ministry of Civil Defense and Religions of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Kavitha Kunhi Kannan, Public Policy Manager for Facebook in India and South & Central Asia

Indira Aslanova, Search for Common Ground, Kyrgyzstan, “Social Media and Deradicalization: experience from Kyrgyzstan Download

Adil Jalilov, Medianet, Language of Enmity in Social Media of Kazakhstan Download

Alexander Klushev, Association of Religious Organizations of Kazakhstan

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:30 Summary from moderators of the sections and development recommendations
15:30 – 17:00 CERT in the context of digital transformation (side-event)

TechSoup intro with possible involvement of their regional representative

19:00 – 21:00 Evening program


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Digital Clinic

Throughout the Forum, our partner project CyberSAR (Cyber Safety Assessment and Response – will hold the Digital Safety Clinic, where participants of the Forum will be able to get individual consultations on issues of personal and organizational digital safety.

The Clinic will be open from 11am to 5pm on June 21st, and from 9:30am to 5pm on June 22nd.

Technical consultants in digital safety will help the Forum participants find out more about their issues of concern and will provide rapid technical assistance (please bring your devices – laptop, smartphone, tablet). If you would like to set up an individual consultation at a time that is most convenient for you, please get in touch with the Digital Clinic at