Jeddah – Saudi Arabia will host the Global Internet Forum and Exhibition, which highlights the Saudi government’s efforts in dealing with cybercrimes, the e-government and its mechanism concerning the 2030 Vision; the event will be held with the participation of experts, authorities, and companies specialized in the field of internet and communication from across the world.
Khalid Naqro, supervisor of the exhibition said that this event will be held for the first time in the Middle East and is considered one of the most prominent events called for – by the Kingdom – amid international growth of use and demand on the internet; forecasts have showed that users who benefit from the internet service around the world have reached 3.2 billion, which represents around half of the world’s population.
Naqro added that the exhibition, which targets governmental entities, the private sector, organizations of civil society and companies of e-commerce, in addition to research and e-banking centers, will showcase many projects, services, and apps; the event will also embrace special initiatives on the Arabic content, projects, and new ideas aiming at attracting international apps, exchanging expertise. The event will also focus on highlighting Saudi Arabia’s efforts in the field of information technology (IT) and on providing many chances of partnership between the private and governmental sector.
The exhibition will discuss 20 different topics by featuring global speakers; topics are expected to include services provided by global companies for the Arabian customer, innovations, successes of websites and apps, and how these apps contributed in developing the community, in addition to themes like internet and the family, globalization and intellectual invasion, entertainment, and internet as a bullying platform.
The event will also showcase many global experiences on the role of educational entities and institutions in stimulating efforts of students to enrich the Arabic content, reasons behind this latter’s weakness, experiences of the Global Arab Network (GAN) and news of the internet.
It’s worth mentioning that official figures have showed that internet users in Saudi Arabia reached around 21.6 million by the end of 2015 representing 68.5% of citizens and residents, which shows the leap of internet growth over the past years; users of Twitter in the Kingdom exceeded three million who post more than 1.5 million tweets daily; as per Facebook, its users in Saudi Arabia have reached six millions while a million people use LinkdIn, YouTube, and different mobile apps.