KUALA LUMPUR – Digital media and communications conference, KL Converge! is one of Malaysia’s initiatives to educate people on the positive uses of the internet.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the platform was among the government’s efforts in trying to protect citizens from threats and harm, and making them aware that the internet could be useful in generating an immeasurable amount of good and prosperity.
“We are mindful that the internet is a tool that brings us together as communities and helps prosper each other.
“However, there is also the attendant responsibility not to abuse or misuse the freedom that such a powerful and influential tool brings,” he said when opening the KL Converge! 2015 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here, today.
Also present were International Telecommunication Union secretary general, Houlin Zhao and the ministry’s secretary general Datuk Seri Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad.
Based on the United Nations Population Division, Salleh said 46.7 per cent of ASEAN would be urbanised by the year 2020.
“With the participation of our ASEAN and dialogue partner friends (in KL Converge!), we can celebrate and showcase each other’s strengths and uniqueness, as well as sharing ideas to create commercial partnership that helps us grow and prosper,” he said.
Mohd Salleh noted that since the world internet economy was estimated togenerate between two to three trillion US dollars annually, it would give the impetus to unlock the potentials of industries, particularly msall medium entreprises and industries, micro-businesses and cottage industry in the country.
He said such networking provided the levers and mechanisms for these groups to use the internet to transform their businesses and livelihoods.
The creative digital industries, he said were also expected to generate a gross national income (GNI) of RM51.5 billion 2020, and that the government had set up the Creative Industry Fund in 2010 with RM200 million allocations for film, music, animation and related businesses.
Themed ‘Covergence and Digital Inclusion’, the three-day event will feature related topics, workshops and technology exhibitions such as the Digital Lifestyle Malaysia and myMaker showcases.
Among legendary speakers who will be delivering talks about the impact of the digital era local artist Joe Flizzow, commercial director Gary Chong and international YouTube celebrity, Brian Brushwood. – BERNAMA