“Abdul Hossein Kalantari”, the cultural and social deputy of the Minister of Science, Research and Technology, mentioning that people have been taken hostage by foreign platforms, said that the way of cooperation should not be in a way that we lose the society.
The cultural and social deputy of the Minister of Science, Research and Technology, pointing out that our governance style should not be such that we lose the society, said: “Iranian people have been taken hostage by foreign platforms, and once they borrow something from you, they have to You can act more carefully.”
“Kalantari” said in line with the policy adopted against people taken hostage by foreign platforms in the country:
This is a fragile situation. The essence of the matter is that when people are placed in dual internal and external social networks, they are not justified to move and the reason is that we did not have a developed idea of people, we had less conversations with them, we explained less, increasing the level of virtual literacy. and most importantly, we have not involved the stakeholders.
Iran has lost its golden times for the flourishing of the digital ecosystem
Stating that the issue of time is very important in governance, “Kalantari” announced that Iran has lost its golden times in the growth and development of the digital ecosystem, and great things must happen in this field.
The cultural and social deputy of the minister of science, research and technology, pointing out that any appropriate way of managing the cyberspace should determine the role of people well, said:
It is not possible to present a form of governance for the virtual space in the Islamic Republic that ignores and ignores this bold and serious position. These principles are the distinctive and privileged chapter of cyberspace governance in Iran compared to the world; Therefore, the educational approach to people and creating the context for their decision-making in issues related to cyber space should play a vital role.
According to him, the authorities should pay attention to all stakeholders in designing the type of governance. Hence, decisions behind closed doors and lack of stakeholders’ involvement with the decisions will naturally suspend governance and we will witness weak governance practices.
Officials ignore the private sector in order to improve the virtual space of the country
In the continuation of his interview, “Kalantari” stated that the private sector and businesses should be considered one of the three stakeholders in cyberspace. This is despite the fact that since the beginning of the increase in Internet restrictions since the beginning of October 1401, a significant number of private sector businesses have been damaged and even closed.
He has also emphasized in the interview that the lack of attention and lack of trust in the private sector and businesses in the field of virtual space will lead to both costly governance and the decisions taken that are less proportional to what should actually happen. “Kalantari” considers the private sector to belong to the Iranian society and has its own profit logic, and in this way it will cause the country’s growth and development.
The private sector is the main driver of huge investments to improve the country’s digital ecosystem
“Kalantari” has also mentioned in its explanation that the government does not have the necessary funds for huge investments in various elements of cyberspace, the private sector is responsible for the growth of the cyberspace ecosystem in the country and causes big events to happen in the field of cyberspace. . Referring to civil institutions as the second basic pillar of the beneficiary in the virtual space, “Kalantari” said:
There are many and diverse civil institutions in different fields, and paying attention to these institutions will help to mature decisions and apply governance in the field of cyber space. Also, other civil institutions are active in special and specialized fields such as virtual space literacy, virtual education, media and social networks, etc. As a result, the authorities should increase civil institutions and continue to trust them and seek help from them in the field of governance of cyber space.
He further considered the elites and experts as another beneficial element in the virtual space and emphasized that trust in educational centers and universities can solve many problems. According to Kalantari, many of the problems that Iran has in the field of cyber diplomacy can be solved by strengthening cyber diplomacy. He believes that the dialogues and negotiations that take place at those levels can be binding for companies and platforms that operate inside Iran and provide conditions for the presence of Iranian platforms and collections in regional and international dimensions.
At the end of his interview, he announced that the decisions of the officials should not lead to the isolation of the country’s digital ecosystem, because these decisions increase the level of dissatisfaction of the society and deepen the gap between the government and the nation, and ultimately, people’s trust in the government will decrease.
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