Youthled Digital Rights Talk in Vlora – A focus on personal data protection

Youthled Digital Rights Talk in Vlora – A focus on personal data protection

Youthled Digital Rights Talk in Vlora – A focus on personal data protection

The National Digital Rights Festival is on, and the first stop was in Vlorë!

Our Digital Rights and Cyber Security Ambassadors, Alesja Hysomemeaj, Bjora Silaj, Eden Sinanaj and Florida Çelaj, led a Digital Rights Talk in their city, Vlora, with a focus on personal data protection.

The ambassadors took participants into a personal data protection journey starting from identifying what personal and sensitive data are, what is the legal and regulatory framework of personal data protection in the country, and what are responsibilities of data controllers and processors.

Finally, a discussion on the role of the Commissioner on Access to Information and Personal Data Protection was held, with a highlight put on raising awareness on using the right to complaint at the Commissioner’s Office in case of personal data violations.

The National Digital Rights aims to empower civil society organizations in addressing digital rights and cyber security issues, as well as empower young people to protect themselves from the dangers of internet and become aware of their digital rights how to protect and practice them. To do so, through the project nine local civil society organizations from Shkodër, Pogradec, Tiranë, and Vlorë and Fier have been trained on digital rights principles and cybersecurity. A digital toolkit will be developed to help CSOs in Albania address such issues in a structured manner.

The project introduces the novel approach of Digital Rights and Cybersecurity Ambassadors, who are youth coming from the cities where the project is being implemented, and whose knowledge and capacities are further developed through a tailored mentorship program.

These ambassadors will serve as liaisons to their peers, families, and teachers, to further disseminate and raise awareness on digital rights and cyber security. They will drive and host YouthLed Digital Rights talks in their cities. The project will bring together as a culmination of the festival, stakeholders, ambassadors, the larger donor community in Shkodër, to jointly create an understanding on digital rights and cybersecurity and means of intervention and approach.

The National Festival of Digital Rights is supported by the regional project “SMART Balkans – Civil Society for Common Values in the Western Balkans” implemented by the Center for the Promotion of Civil Society (CPCD), the Institute for Democracy and Mediation, and the Center for Research and Policymaking (CRPM) with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway.