A meeting was held today in the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies (MCIT) with a delegation led by Alexandre Quessel, Director of Political Affairs of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers’ Rapporteur Group on Democracy.
During the meeting, the sides exchanged views in detail on cyber security issues.
Deputy Minister of Communications and High Technologies Elmir Velizadeh informed the guests in detail about reforms carried out in ICT sector, work done for the expansion of internet segment and the development of internet media.
Deputy Minister said more than 40 Internet service providers are operating in the country without license and the country takes leading position in the region for the use of the internet.
During the meeting it was noted that preparatory work is under way to provide households even in remote villages with broadband internet, to allow the population to use services of e-Government portal.
In turn, guests took interest in the fight against extremist groups in Azerbaijan, saying websites with extremist content in Turkey and European countries are instantly blocked by cyber security agencies. They also noted blocking of sites in these countries can be carried out only by court decision.
Elmir Velizadeh said along with the development of the Internet, a special monitoring unit and Electronic Security Center were established within the ministry in order to combat the growing number of cyber threats.Websites can be blocked in Azerbaijan only by court decision irrespective of their content, however there is no control over the activity of bloggers.
At the end of the meeting, international experts noted that there is great need for cooperation and support of neighboring countries to prevent extremist websites and without this it is impossible to prevent undesirable content and cyber threats.
In conclusion, they discussed the issues of mutual visits to further enhance cooperation and exchange of experience in this field.