25 Saudi children trained in cybersecurity

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Children attend an ORACLE workshop on cybersecurity and basic programming in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Children attend an ORACLE workshop on cybersecurity and basic programming in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Children attend an ORACLE workshop on cybersecurity and basic programming in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 01 February 2019
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25 Saudi children trained in cybersecurity

JEDDAH: The pilot phase of a program to introduce Saudi children to the basics of programming concluded on Thursday.
The Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP) organized the “Programming for Young Saudis” event at its headquarters in Riyadh in cooperation with technology company Oracle.
The program introduced 25 Saudi children aged between 8 and 14 to the basics of programming using widely recognized languages such as Java and Python, as well as to the principles of programming using simple tools and platforms such as Scratch, Alice and Greenfoot that do not require any experience.
The program aims to raise children’s awareness about Internet security and familiarize them with the principles of programming, as well as develop their communication, analytical, cooperation and problem-solving skills, in addition to enabling them to develop games and stories using different software platforms.
Communications and information technology has developed in diversity, nature and its versatility. These developments have led to increased global technological exchange and movement, giving countries more responsibility to safeguard their national security and that of their citizens.
The four-day program ran daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each participant received a certificate for completing the program.
SAFCSP will open registration for the second phase of the program during February.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.