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IT-solutions in EU development policy

cybercrime

In order to tackle cyber threats at global level, international cooperation and assistance in cyber capacity building play an essential role in enabling States to secure information and communication technology and their peaceful use. The Council highlights the need to support national and regional exchange and cyber capacity building and adopt strategies and legislation for cyber security and against cybercrime, as part of a comprehensive set of policy, legislative and operational measures, including actions to protect critical infrastructures, to counter violent extremist and terrorist use of the Internet, human trafficking, as well as child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation online, in accordance with international human rights law. The Council also highlights the need to support the establishment of national computer emergency response teams and/or computer security incident response teams in partner countries. Equally, the Council backs the efforts of the European Commission to promote the fight against online hate speech on the basis of ethnicity, ideology, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

 As digital technologies enhance information management and communications, they can help improve civil registries and thereby contribute to the realisation of the human right to birth registration and nationality, and subsequently facilitate the enjoyment of other rights and services. This can increase the positive effects of mobility. In the context of forced displacement, electronic registration can facilitate delivery of humanitarian and development assistance. The Council encourages the use of digital technologies in responding to disasters and the implementation of humanitarian projects, as well as in the context of migration with a view to supporting refugees and host communities. Digital technologies can also significantly contribute to reducing remittances transfer costs. (source: EU Council conclusions)
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