Intellectual Security Forum
On January 21 King Khalid University, represented by the Intellectual Awareness Unit, held a symposium titled 'Digital Citizenship' at the main campus. The purpose of the event was to discuss and analyze intellectual security in the Kingdom. The Intellectual Awareness Unit organized and conducted the two-day program. Honored guests included His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Mohammad bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The symposium featured a number of digital security experts from around the Kingdom leading a variety of group discussions and presentations on security issues.
Upon arrival, HRH Prince Faisal bin Mohammad bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud toured the various forum exhibitions and perused the materials. After welcoming HRH and the other guests and participants, King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh R. M. Al-Solamy, stressed the vital role of digital security in the modern age. He further explained that because information technology now permeates almost every aspect of modern life, assuring intellectual security is a critical priority to assure the integrity of society. 'It is our duty to protect future generations and our nation from potential harm', he said.
Rector Al-Solamy: 'The university is committed to every possible action, including this and similar forums, to raise awareness, protect future generations and maintain the integrity of our society'.
Later, Rector Al-Solamy elaborated on the increasingly important role of educational institutions on intellectual security. He noted that today's students will be tomorrow's leaders, and that educational institutions play a critical role in implementing intellectual security within the young generation. He thanked all of the organizers and participants for their time and attention to the forum and to the issue of security.
Deputy Supervisor of the Intellectual Security Unit, Dr. Misfer bin Ahmed Al-Wadie, also addressed the conference attendees. He highlighted the important role that educational institutions have in building awareness of intellectual security issues among students. He explained that a primary means of maintaining security is to teach students how to recognize and diffuse anomalies in cyber-communities. He also expressed his satisfaction with efforts currently in progress to raise awareness and enhance security. Dr. Al-Wadie noted that 60 students from different universities around the Kingdom submitted papers, 20 of which have been accepted for publication. He also reviewed several initiatives designed to enhance security awareness vial social media and other communication applications.
Hussain Al-Masadi, Hail University student, thanked King Khalid University for holding this forum in a speech he delivered on behalf of the participating members. In his speech, Al-Masadi spoke on the importance of holding such forums in achieving intellectual security and digital citizenship, describing it as a valuable opportunity provided by one of the most influential universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
One of the most noteworthy sessions of the symposium was presented by HRH Prince Faisal bin Mohammad bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud titled 'The Methods of Recruiting Extremists Through Electronic Platforms'. HRH explained that the internet is a primary means through which harmful ideological extremists recruit participants and sympathizers to their misguided causes. He noted that, in effect, these electronic platforms are sometimes used as weapons to harm individuals and society as a whole. HRH stated that we all must be vigilant in preventing extremism from infecting the individual and collective psyches of the nation. He implored all program participants to teach others about the inherent dangers of misguided advice and propaganda on social networks and media platforms.
During the first day of the forum, attendees watched a visual presentation that explained the expansion of social networks and the importance of intellectual security in our society. At the end of the forum opening ceremony, Rector Al-Solamy presented His Royal Highness with a commemorative shield from King Khalid University and followed by honoring the forum guests and participants.
It is worth mentioning that the forum consists of 6 scientific sessions that will span 2 days. Of note, the forum will also host a number of training courses and workshops that are tailored to supervisors and members of student activity clubs.
At the end of the day's activities, His Royal Highness visited the Media Center (Afaq) where he met Media and Communication Department students and was introduced to recent achievements and the processes followed. His Royal Highness was also presented with honorary membership in the endowment authority of the Intellectual Security Program.