Arzak Khan is internet governance and cyber security expert having extensive experience in ICTs, e-governance project management of globally recognized identity management and social safety net programs. He is also founder of Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan a leading think tank providing researchers, governments, regulators, operators, multilateral institutions, development agencies and community organizations with the information and analysis required to develop innovative and south centric policies for modern age cyber technologies.
“People with fewer economic resources have very limited opportunity for joining the global internet economy.”
― Arzak Khan
The focus of most of his recent research has been on the expansion of internet access, dark side of technological changes and unintended consequences of “connectedness”. His upcoming book “Cyber war the next threat to the national security of Pakistan” raises the critical linkage of mass surveillance, artificial intelligence to the national security of Pakistan. He has also conducted various studies examining the impact of the digital divide in global south, growing use of internet connected devices in Pakistani society and role of new media in civic and political participation.
Arzak holds a Master degree in Communication Management from Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, United Kingdom as a Chevening Scholar. He is also receiver of various prominent awards such as Media Policy Fellowship from University of Oxford in United Kingdom, DiploFoundation Policy Fellowship in Internet Governance. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden ICT4D scholar award to study globalization, development and ICT4D. PhD award from Lillehammer University College Norway to research in “mediatization social and cultural change”. Arzak also received an award from UTS International Geneva, Geneva Internet Platform, and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for participating in digital commerce course to discuss the emerging digital policy issues such as cross-border data flows, data localisation, cybersecurity, consumer protection and the implications of emerging technologies for global digital trade.
Arzak also served as Advisory Board Member for London based Global Partner Digital Cyber Security Capacity Building programme for Global South. He has also been invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Netherlands as Cyberspace expert at Global Conference on Cyberspace. He has also assisted UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression of framing guidelines for use of AI and its impact on freedom of opinion and expression.