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A TV Talk Show on Right t Privacy will be broacasted at Boishakhi Television today on 28th ctober 2014. Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, excutive director of VOICE and Privacy Rights advocate will moderate the show while Barrister Tanjib ul Alam and Prof. Shamim Reza from Dhaka University will present as discussant.
Greetings from VOICE!
You know that the 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) theme is “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda” while UN Member States are invited by the President of the 69th Session to comment on this issue during the General Debate (starting on September 24, in New York). During the UNGA, civil society organizations around the world are also gathering to raise their voices with specific demands for a just and fair world we want.
As you know, Hon'ble Prime Minister and the members of Bangladesh delegation will be attending the assembly and will be engaged in the discussions on the post 2015 agenda. As a research and advocacy organization, VOICE has been actively working on Post 2015 development agenda in partnership with others boat at home and global scale. Before the UNGA, we would like to draw the important issues to the public, thus, a press conference will be held from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on Friday 19 September 2014 at the Dhaka Reporters' Unity auditorium ((1st Floor, Sagor-Runi Auditorium) 8/4 A, Topekhana Road, Segun Bagicha, Dhaka). We will draw up the civil society position including Beyond 2015 in the briefing for the public interest. You attendance and contribution will enrich our position altogether.
National Seminar on Post 2015 Development Agenda: Towards a Transformative and Rights Based Development Framework
VOICE cordially invites you to attend a national seminar on `Post 2015 Development Agenda: Towards a Transformative and Rights Based Development Framework’ which will be held on:
Date: 24 May 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: VIP Lounge, National Press Club, Dhaka.
The seminar aims at addressing the lesion learnt and challenges of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and reconfirming rights, recognizing challenges and redefining new goals from civil society perspective contributing to the Post-2015 Development Framework.
The United Nations has initiated discussions for the Post Development Framework as the MDGs will take an end in 2015. Governments, different stakeholders including NGOs and civil society organizations etc, are in active discussion on future development agenda contributing to the UN process.
The seminar will bring a wide range of stakeholders including civil society, NGOs, rights groups, women, trade unions, economists, business groups, researchers, academicians, media etc.
We look forward to your participation and contribution to the discussion on post 2015 development framework.
VOICE is going to organize a lecture on `Right to Privacy and Data protection’ 30 April 2014 with Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology in Dhaka. The lecture will focus on the issues of constitutional right of privacy in Bangladesh, consequence of ICT law into right to privacy, the rise of communication surveillance, data protection etc. The lecture will be conducted by Ahmed Swapan Mahmud and Farjana Akter while Assitsant professor Ruhan Mahmud Shams, lecturer Rezaul Karim and Coordinator of the University Hasan Mahmud will present there. We are expecting more than 100 students to be present at the lecture event.
VOICE is going to organize a two days training workshop on `Challenges of Freedom of Expression in Social Media' which will be held on 11-12 January 2014 at SUPRO Training Centre (House-8/19, Sir Sayed Road, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207, Phone- 029145600). Note that the inaugural programme will be begin at 4:00 pm. on 11 February 2014.
The workshop aims at broadly discussing aournd the issues affecting freedom of expression in social media along with the existing practices on regulations. The workshop also aims 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 freedom of expression issues.
The workshop will be attended by online activists, bloggers, CSOs, NGOs, journalists, lawyers, rights groups, and relevant professional bodies.
[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.