Cyber-ethics conference to be held in Dubai

Published October 3rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

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Dubai — The Gulf Center for Excellence in Ethics (GCEE) has announced that the first ever Middle East conference on ethical practice in cyberspace is due to be held in Dubai in November this year. The two-day Gulf international conference on cyber ethics will be held at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) on the 19th and 20th November. 


“The timing of this event is critical, coming as Dubai brings truly regional focus to the growth potential of Internet-based enterprises” said Alex Zalami, managing director of the GCEE. “It is our strong belief that only by addressing key ethical issues will the region’s entrepreneurs be able to collectively maintain global business partner and customer confidence in enterprises originating from this region.” 


The GCEE is affiliated with the Washington-based Ethics Resource Center, a non-profit organization established in 1922 and funded by fees for services and corporate grants. The center’s role has been the pursuit of organizational ethics standards on a global scale, advising multinational corporations, governments and local organizations and facilitating the creation of centers of excellence to address issues of ethics and integrity in environments with diverse cultural and social structures. 


“Our goal is to assist organizations in formulating ethical standards that are consistent with local values and cultures and, at the same time, with emerging global norms of best practice,” said Zalami. 


The GCEE, originally established in Abu Dhabi in 1998, has collaborated with the UAE’s ministry of health in developing codes of ethics for the various healthcare professions that answer to the UAE’s unique and cosmopolitan environment. 


“Our role is not to certify or otherwise monitor ethical practice, but to work with organizations in the development of standards of professional conduct and organizational cultures that are based on the highest standards of integrity,” said Zalami.  


“It is precisely this role that has led the center to work with the DCCI, the DFM and other Dubai based authorities in organizing the Gulf International Conference on Cyber Ethics. We believe, as do our partners in this event, that there is a need for debate and awareness around the vitally important issues of ethics and integrity as Dubai drives towards e-commerce, e-government and related technologically empowering initiatives.” 


The conference will focus on ethics and integrity issues in the sector of e-financial services, on intellectual property rights as they apply to e-commerce and on the inherent challenges of regulating the Internet. It will feature prominent speakers from regional and international organizations including the OECD, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

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