Vatican Bishops Gather To Learn Internet Skills From Top Techies
Representatives from Google, YouTube, Wikipedia and Facebook have gathered in Vatican City today, not for a sermon or liturgy, but to give Vatican officials a lecture on the use of Internet and new media. During a four-day conference which started today, Vatican officials will learn how to communicate the values of Christianity to online audiences in an effective way. Vatican bishops were joined by world's top techies to learn about social networking, video uploads, internet search and the dangers of hacking. It is surprising that Twitter representatives are not in attendance, as Twitter gains ground in online information exchange.
During a four-day conference which starts on Thursday, representatives from the social network Facebook, the search engine Google, the YouTube video sharing website and the online encyclopedia Wikipedia will explain the importance of "new media" in the lives of young people.
The bishops will also learn how to combat the threat of hacking, with advice from a young hacker from Switzerland and an Interpol expert on cybercrime.
"The world of hackers is a separate, parallel culture that is mostly ignored by the Church but not by fans of information technology," said the Vatican's 'communications ministry', the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, which is organising the gathering.
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