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‘Digital security, digital freedom equally important’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 25 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘Digital security, digital freedom equally important’

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The Bangladesh Internet Freedom Initiative Working Group (BIFIWG) has organised a workshop with relevant stakeholders to identify the major threats to internet freedom in the country and identified what needs to be done to address them.

A round 35 people including government officials, representatives of national and international development organisations, diplomats, and UN representative, representatives of civil society organisations, teachers-students and human rights activists attended in the workshop held on Thursday .

International human right organisation ARTICLE 19 South Asia supported in organising the event.

Member of BIFIWG and Senior Lecturer, School of Law, BRAC University, Md Saimum Reza Talukder presented a  paper on ‘Internet Freedom: Bangladesh Context’.

In the paper he emphasized that internet freedom based on rights, openness, accessibility and multi- stakeholder participation are important to ensure an open, transparent and inclusive internet environment.

Regional Director of ARTICLE 19 South Asia Faruq Faisel, President of Bangladesh Telecom Reporters Network Rashed Mehedi, and Programme Officer of ARTICLE 19 Rumky Farhana also spoke on the occasion.

The participants of the workshop identified specific threats to internet users in the country. 

The threats identified by the participants included the Digital Security Act and lack of awareness about this law among citizens, as well as lack of awareness about the use of digital devices and platforms at the personal, family and institutional levels, and opacity in formulating relevant laws and policies.

Participants also made various recommendations to address these threats. The Bangladesh Internet Freedom Initiative Working Group will be supporting civil society organizations to implement the workshop recommendations and cooperating with the government in formulating relevant policies.