State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak alleged that a country has “invested institutionally” to spread rumours and launch cyber attacks against Bangladesh.
“Bangladesh has gathered some information and evidence on this matter,” said the state minister while speaking at a webinar organized by Technology Media Guild Bangladesh (TMGB) in Dhaka on Sunday.He, however, didn’t mention the name of the country and gave no further details.
Later, the state minister formally launched the official website of the TMGB – www.tmgb.org.
At the webinar titled “Online Contents on Liberation War Vs Misinformation and Rumours”, Zunaid Ahmed Palak announced that a digital archive would be developed to preserve accurate information and disseminate them to young generation, said a press release.
He urged the TMGB to work together with the respective ministry, department and organization of the government to preserve the truth of Liberation War.
Content researcher on Liberation War Omi Rahman Pial presented the keynote paper at the webinar.
He emphasized the need to develop an archive to preserve the truth of the Liberation War.Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) spokesperson Lt. Col. Ashik Billah presented different initiatives taken by the law-enforcement agencies to prevent rumours.
He said the perpetrators had been identified in all communal attacks including that in Ramu. He said those involved in the attacks on Hindus in Shalla of Sunamganj would also be brought to book. BASIS president Syed Almas Kabir emphasized the need to build awareness of the people on the use of digital platforms.
Bangladesh Computer Society (BCS) president Shahid-ul-Munir urged all to keep the Liberation War issues beyond politics. “Our emotions are involved with the Liberation War. So, the government efforts are needed to develop an archive to stop misinformation about Liberation War.”
Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT) president Professor Dr. Lafifa Jamal urged the department concerned
to enrich the Liberation War website with facts and information related to the country’s struggle towards independence.
The webinar was also addressed by Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC) Executive Committee member and Policy Chair Sumon Ahmed Sabir, Bangladesh Open Source Network General Secretary Munir Hasan, Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Science at Fordham University, USA Dr. Ruhul Amin.
Bangladesh Association of Call Centers and Outsourcing (BACCO) Secretary General Towhid Hossain, TMGB Trustee member and Internet Society Bangladesh Chapter General Secretary Md. Kausar Uddin and TMGB Trustee members Arafat Siddiqui Shohag, Masud Rumi and Al-Amin Dewan, among others, were also present.