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[Dhaka, 22 September 2013] Speakers told that the ICT Act (amendment) 2013 sharply conflicts with Bangladesh Constitution’s Article 39 and 43 which guarantee freedom of expression and right to privacy respectively. Terming it as a ‘black law’, speakers urged the government not to enact as a law. A press conference titled ‘ICT Act (Amendment) 2013: Challenges for Right to Privacy and Freedom of Expression’ was held by VOICE in the city’s national press club today while it was jointly collaborated with Bangladesh Manobadhikar Shangbadik forum, Campaign on Citizen’s Right to Information, Bangladesh ICT Journalist Forum, Somewherein.net Blog, Online Knowledge Society, Shushashoner Jonyo Procharabhijan (SUPRO) and School of Communication and Cultural Metaphysics.
Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, CEO, Boishaki Television, Khairuzzaman Kamal, Executive Director, Bangladesh Manobadhikar Shangbadik Forum, Zakir Hossain, Executive Director of Nagorik Uddog and Convener of Campaign on Citizen Right to Information, Syeda Gulshan Ferdous Jana, Acting Managing Director, Somewherein.net Blog and, Farjana Akhter, Programme Coordinator, Voice spoke at the press briefing while Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, Executive Director of Voice moderated the session.
A press briefing on ‘ICT Act (Amendment) 2013: Challenges for Privacy and Human Rights’ to be held on 22 September 2013
This is to inform you that VOICE, in collaboration with Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum, Bangladesh ICT Journalist Forum, Campaign on Citizen Right to Information, Equity and Justice Working Group, Somewherein.net, Online Knowledge Society, Sushashoner Jonno Procharavijan (SUPRO), School of Communications and Cultural Metaphysics are pleased to invite you in a press briefing on ‘ICT Act (Amendment) 2013: Challenges for Privacy and Human Rights’ to be held on Sunday, 22 September 2013 from 10:30 am. to 12:00 pm. at the Conference Room, National Press Club, Dhaka.
The objective of the press briefing is to address the recent Information and Communication Technology (Amendment) Act 2013, which poses serious threats to the enjoyment of the right to privacy, freedom expression and human rights.
Eminent journalist Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, President of ISP Association of Bangladesh Aktaruzzaman Manju, Journalist and editor of Shaptahik Golam Mortoza among others will be in the panel. Representatives of CSOs, NGOs, human rights defenders among others will be attended at the briefing.
A workshop on `Privacy, Human Rights and Communication Surveillance: National Laws, Practices and Safeguards
A training workshop on `Privacy, Human Rights and Communication Surveillance: National Laws, Practices and Safeguards’ will be held on 27 April 2013 at CBCB (Catholic Bishops Conference of Bangladesh), 24/C Asad Avenue, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207.
The workshop aims at broadly discussing the issues of privacy and communication surveillance along with the existing practices on regulations to raise critical awareness and develop perspective with the human rights framework. It also aims to build a broader constituency building capacity and strengthening networking through raising voices on the privacy rights issues.
The workshop will be attended by grassroots activists to national including CSOs, NGOs, journalists, academicians, lawyers, rights groups, online groups, consumers, trade unions, IT companies and relevant professional bodies.
Public Dialogue Freedom of Expression and the Internet in South Asia A Way Forward to Ensure People’s Right
VOICE (Bangladesh), The Internet Democracy Project (India), Internet Society Nepal (Nepal), Point of View (India) and Global Partners and Associates (UK) has the pleasure to invite you to the Public Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and the Internet in South Asia: A Way Forward to Ensure People’s Right’ to be held on 15 January from 3.30 pm. to 6 pm.
Third South Asia Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of Expression, will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 14-15 January, 2013. VOICE (Bangladesh), The internet democracy project (India), Internet Society Nepal (Nepal), Point of View (India) and Global Partners and Associates (the UK).
This meeting will be bringing together experts from civil society, business, the research community and other stakeholder groups from the region to discuss the challenges of freedom of expression online.
A workshop on "Challenges for Freedom of Expression on the Internet in Bangladesh: A Way Forward to Ensure People's Right"
A two days workshop on "Challenges for Freedom of Expression on the Internet in Bangladesh: A Way Forward to Ensure People's Right" to be held at the auditorium of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB), on 11-12 January, 2013.
This workshop aims at addressing freedom of expression online, its merits and challenges in detail including the rising visibility of hate speech on the one hand, and the increased attention to combat cyber security by the State and private sector actors, on the other. This arrangement is leading towards uncertainties in context of human rights and shared responsibility for citizens.
Venue: THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS' CONFERENCE OF BANGLADESH, 24/C Asad Avenue, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207.
Civil Society Dialogue on Post2015 Agenda: Sustainable Development and People’s Priorities from the Ground”
We have the pleasure to invite you to a “civil society dialogue on post2015 agenda : sustainable development and people’s priorities from the ground” to be held at Barisal Zilla Parishad auditorium, Bangladesh from 2 pm to 5 pm. on 24 December 2012.
The dialogue aims at bringing the members of the civil society and communities to discuss about the ongoing process of post 2015 and draw priorities for post2015 development framework from the ground realities. The dialogue will jointly be organized by VOICE, Beyond 2015 Bangladesh Hub and Speed Trust, Barisal.
Dialogue on World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT):Challenges for Freedom of Expression Online
VOICE and ISOC Bangladesh Dhaka Chapter is going to organize a public dialogue titled “World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) 2012 and Bangladesh: Challenges for Freedom of Expression Online” at the ERC auditorium, Engineers' Institution Bangladesh (IEB), Ramna, Dhaka on Wednesday 28 November 2012 at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We are pleased to invite you to attend the public dialogue. Distinguished panelists will broadly discuss the key issues. Your presence and valuable contributions will help to formulate a set of recommendation to be presented to the Bangladesh delegations at the WCIT.
If you have any question/clarification, do not hesitate to contact (02-8158688) us.
VOICE is going to organize a two-day long training workshop on `Freedom of expression, social media and the Internet in Bangladesh' on which will be held on 20-21 October at CBCB (Catholic Bishops Conference of Bangladesh), 24/C Asad Avenue, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207.
The workshop aims at discussing around the issues affecting freedom of expression on internet and come up with a set of recommendations to uphold freedom of opinion and expression online.
The workshop will bring participants from civil society organizations, journalists, rights groups, online groups such as bloggers, face book users, internet experts, youth and human rights defenders etc both from Dhaka and district level.
A public dialogue on `Freedom of Expression on Internet in Bangladesh’ to be held on 29 September 2012
We have the great pleasure to invite you to a public dialogue titled `Freedom of expression on internet’ to be held on Saturday, 29 September 2012 from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. at the VIP lounge of National Press Club, Dhaka.
The dialogue will broadly discuss around the issues affecting freedom of expression on internet and will put recommendations to facilitate to uphold freedom of opinion and expression online.
We look forward to your active participation.
Ahmed Swapan Mahmud