Tech Talk TV Show

Tech Talk is an Arabic TV Show dedicated to technology on Al Kahera Wal Nas (Cairo Centric) TV Channel. The Show presented by Dr. Mohamed El-Guindy More »

21st Cyber Threats and Middle East Dilemma

Advanced malware which might bypass Antivirus software are now easily developed using automated Crimeware that don’t need any programming or professional skills More »

Middle East: From Cold War to Cold Cyberwar

Since history is a mirror to the future, we will take a look at “Cold War” era and its effect on Middle East region in order to understand how “Cold Cyberwar” would affect us sooner or later. More »

UNESCO IFAP Conference

Mohamed El-Guindy represented Egypt in UNESCO International Conference on Media and Information Literacy 6-10 June 2016 More »

 

Multilingualism in cyberspace for inclusive sustainable development

The Global Expert Meeting “Multilingualism in Cyberspace for Inclusive Sustainable Development” was successfully hosted in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russian Federation, from 5 to 9 June 2017, in the framework of the IX annual International IT Forum, organized with SCO and BRICS participation with a goal to strengthen the international cooperation in the digital era and promote innovative technologies. It gathered around 2700 participants from some 46 countries, including government representatives, private companies and IT specialists.

Dr. Mohamed El-Guindy participated in the UNESCO conference and delivered a presentation titled “Arabic Language in the Age of Cyberculture”. The presentation was visual presentation to dedicated paper on the topic that will be published in the conference proceeding.  The paper described the impact of cyberspace on both language and culture and its effect on the Arabic language.

the Global Expert Meeting initiated by UNESCO’s Information for All Programme (IFAP), was the first-ever international forum to address the importance of multilingualism and linguistic diversity in the implementation of the sustainable development goals. The meeting was organized by the Russian Committee of the UNESCO Information for All Programme in cooperation with the Government of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Ugra, UNESCO’s Institute for Information Technologies in Education, the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

This major event gathered some 100 representatives of intergovernmental, regional and national public and private organizations, universities and research centres from the following countries: Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Ghana, Georgia, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Paraguay, The Philippines, Russian Federation, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, United Kingdom, USA and Zambia. Dr El-Guindy represented Egypt in this high level conference.

For more information, check UNESCO website

Dr. El-Guindy interview with the Russian TV

 

UNODC Jordan Workshop

Terrorism is not new phenomenon; however, the radical Islamic terrorism appeared in the Middle East following the failure of the so-called “Arab Spring” poses significant threat to Middle East countries. Terrorist groups like ISIS, Al-Qaeda and their affiliates are using new technologies such as social media, encryption, and dedicated manuals for “Open-source Jihad” which increased the sophistication of those new groups and challenged law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the region. With the help of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media tools, global jihadists can share their contribution of jihadi media, literature, videos, and graphic arts. These free and open tools allowed even non-jihadists to participate, engage and share their thoughts within global jihadi environment. The emergence of open-source jihad created what is so called online “Jihadosphere”, similar to Arabic “blogosphere”[1] for activists. The new generations of Jihadists are harnessing social media in propaganda, fundraising[2], recruitment and communications as well as information gathering. They use social media to collect physical addresses, phone numbers, and private information related to the target, such as family members and their connections. Law enforcement agencies in MENA need to realize that many aspects of the terror threat have been changing due to internet technology and new possibilities of cyber-connected world.  These new developments require cultural shift in entrenched attitudes and approaches in law enforcement agencies across the region.

In this context, The UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) hosted a National Workshop in Jordan for Yemeni Law Enforcement in May 2017 to enhance their capabilities to secure evidence for counter-terrorism investigations. Yemeni law enforcement and intelligence agencies  face sophisticated situation due to conflicts and the presence of AQAP. To address this issue, special training funded by the Japanese Government was delivered by UNODC with the participation of international experts.

It was great opportunity to deliver dedicated session on Open-source Intelligence and to meet dedicated colleagues from the UNODC TPB, Zouhair Racheha and Mohamed Fouda, and also one of the well-known experts on the international legal issues related to digital evidence, Dan Dan Suter.

 

[1] Mapping the Arabic Blogosphere: Politics, Culture and Dissent published by BERKMAN CENTER 2009:
https://cyber.harvard.edu/publications/2009/Mapping_the_Arabic_Blogosphere

[2] Emerging Terrorist Financing Risks – FATF, October 2015

 

Regional Seminar UN/PAM for Parliamentarians

Mohamed El Guindy was invited by the UNODC to participate in Regional Seminar UN/PAM for Parliamentarians in Italy as a Cybersecurity Expert. El Guindy delivered a presentation on Terrorists use of the internet and how they use Open-source Information to prepare and organize their attacks.

The conference topic was “Evaluation of the role of national parliaments in promoting States’ implementation of the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions on Terrorism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters”.

Welcome speech was delivered by the Speaker of the Italian Senate H.E. Pietro Grasso.

High level delegates from Europe, Middle East and the Mediterranean countries attended the conference for two days from 30 to 31 March 2017 in the Senate of the Italian Republic. for more information, click here.