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Freedom Online Dialogue: Conversations of Digital Rights, Security and Cyber Peace


By farjana - Posted on 13 December 2018

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On 10 December 2018, Human Rights Day "Freedom Online Dialogue: Conversations of Digital Rights, Security and Cyber Peace" has been held successfully in Bogura Bogura with the participation of stakeholders including rights groups, youth and students, women, teachers, advocates, writers and CSOs among others. The dialogue emphasized the challenges of freedom of expression online including censorship, surveillance and massive attacks on social media while they stressed to strengthening expression collectively without any fear. Also, participants raised concerns about the violence against women and girls, and they demanded responsible behaviour of users and urged the government to take immediate steps to enforce laws and policies so that the criminals get punished. The dialogue also expressed to promote and strengthen expression online and free and open internet access for all with an affordable price to build pluralism and democracy. Safe and secure internet must be upheld and online activists, bloggers and users must not be criminalized by the State. Also, widespread hate speech must not be exercised online, and legal measures should be taken, the dialogue emphasized.

The principal of Bogura Law College Al Mahmud retired college teacher Abdul Mannan, Cultural activists Kabita Rani, human rights activists Mahfuz Ara, Pave executive director KGM Fauq and Voice's executive director Ahmed Swapan Mahmud spoke in the panel. Speakers emphasized to hold such dialogues around the country to raise critical awareness among all, particularly, among students and youth.