Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

The Internet in the Gulf countries: How Issues of Internet Access and Cybercrime Impact the Region

12 January 2016 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm

Chatham House, London



The internet is one of the most important tools for business and social development in the Middle East. Connecting people throughout the region to each other and to the whole world, the growth of a safe, secure and accessible internet is vital to the future of the region.

The roundtable will address the key characteristics of the internet ecosystem in the Gulf countries, what challenges and opportunities face the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in terms of internet development, access, uptake and the mitigation of cybercrime - particularly how these compare with the rest of the region and how the internet landscape in the GCC informs and reflects wider policy debates.

The roundtable will build on the expertise of Chatham House's International Security Department, and specifically the work of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. 

A discussion paper will be circulated to attendees prior to the roundtable to provoke debate on issues ranging from access to the internet, infrastructure and uptake, to patterns of internet usage, privacy and security.