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Bytesforall Bangladesh at Take Back the Tech (TBTT) in Bangladesh

Bytesforall Bangladesh’s Munir Hasan organized a series of Take Back the Tech (TBTT) campaign in seven locations across Bangladesh. The objective of these campaigns was to raise awareness among the university level students (specially female students) about the unreported incidents, consequences and legal remedies to online harassment, privacy infringement.  All the campaigns were organized in different educational institutes and were attended by hundreds of female students who raised questions about the remedies, shared their experiences and interacted for a lively session. Bytesforall Bangladesh is working to develop a solution where the incidents could be reported anonymously using cell phone or Internet and can be connected directly to the local authority. Following are the locations and the approximate number of participants who attended these TBTT campaigns.

  • Shahjalal Science and Technology University in Sylhet, Bangladesh (attended by 200 participants)
  • Rokeya hall, a dormitory for female students at Dhaka University (attended by 50 participants)
  • Institute of Education, Dhaka University (attended by 80 students)
  • Maitri Hall, a dormitory for female students at Dhaka University (attended by 50 students)
  • RC Majumder auditorium in Dhaka University (attended by more than 100 students)
  • Chittagong Independednt University (attended by 40 students)
  • Bangla Academy in conjunction with Anti Corruption Debate Competition (Attended by more than 50 students)
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Bytesforall Bangladesh participated Global Information Society Watch Report 2013

Bytesforall Bangladesh contributed the Bangladesh chapter at Global Information Society Watch Report 2013 on Women Rights, Gender and ICT. It underlined the ICT policies and legal background that reflects gender rights and encourages the use of ICTs. It also showed some case studies of some female victims of online violence and harassment.

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Roundtable on Women Rights, Gender and ICT: Issues and Remedies to Online Harassment

On the 12th June, 2013 Bytesforall Bangladesh together with Monthly CNews Magazine (http://www.cnewsvoice.com), Bangladesh Open Source Network (BDOSN – www.bdosn.org) and Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS – http://www.bcs.org.bd/) organized a round-table on Women Rights, Gender and ICT: Issues and Remedies to online harassment at the BCS auditorium in Dhaka and collected inputs on online harassment and privacy infringement. It was attended by more than 40 participants including students, women rights activists, ICT entrepreneurs, journalists, university teachers, NGO activists etc. Partha Sarker of Bytesforall Bangladesh presented the main concept paper in this round-table while the session was moderated by Bytesforall Bangladesh coordinator and BDOSN Secretary General Munir Hasan and was chaired by the President of Bangladesh Women in Technology Luna Shamshudoha.
Bytesforall Bangladesh undertook a research and was faced by the challenge of data unavailability on the topic. So the round-table session was designed to be a stalk-taking session to get updated about possible data, information, case studies and policy interventions.  The presentation focused on the extent of women’s participation on the Internet and ICT areas, how they’re being harassed, what are the experience of different women groups, what are the existing policy instruments available, what needs to be improved what recommendations are to be made etc.  Then the floor was made open to other participants to share their thoughts, experience and inputs.
Entire round-table information was published at the CNews magazine June issue and is available here. Popular Bangla Daily, Prothom Alo also published a report on the round-table that was published next day.
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The Internet and corruption; GISW Report 2012

GISW report 2012Bytesforall Bangladesh contributed a chapter on the Internet and corruption at Global Information Society Watch report 2012, focusing mostly on public service delivery avenues and the use of ICTs to mitigate corruption. Please read the report at: http://www.giswatch.org/en/country-report/transparency-and-accountability-online/bangladesh

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Mobile Phones and Financial Inclusion..

This report prepared for an international publication ‘Global Mobile’  builds a compelling social and business case for leveraging mobile communication to shape financial access and opportunities for people who may not have traditional banking entitlement. It identifies mobile phone–based financial transactions involving government and public-sector agencies and discusses innovations in foreign remittances, micro-credit, and micro-insurance. Roles and partnerships of stakeholders such as banks, operators, and other third parties are identified and illustrated with numerous case studies from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Recommendations are made for regulators and service providers to increase the reach and utility of mobile financial services. The book is due to come out March, 2013.

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Strategic Priorities of Digital Bangladesh: Online Consultation Jointly Organized by Bytesforall and A2I program of UNDP Bangladesh

‘Access to Information’ (A2I) program (http://www.pmo.gov.bd/a2i/index.php) supported by UNDP Bangladesh and hosted at Prime Minister’s Office in Bangladesh is organizing a global online consultation on shaping ‘Strategic Priorities of Digital
Bangladesh’ at Bytesforall Readers Forum (http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/bytesforall_readers).
This is collaboration between Bytesforall and A2I to bring in global inputs to the draft strategy document that A2I has prepared and to understand what examples or experiences can guide Bangladesh to have an ICT enabled development process. The best practices can also be included in the chapter in boxes in collaboration with the writers. It’s your time to turn back! The organizers are listening to take all these to the policy makers.
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‘Internet filtering is growing by the minute around the World’: A conversation with Robert Faris of Open Network Initiative

In August 2008, I had a chance to visit the ‘Berkman Centre for Internet and Society’ at Harvard University (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/) where I met Robert Faris, Research Fellow of Open Net Initiative (ONI). ONI tries to identify and document the cases of Internet censorship across the World. It’s a collaborative partnership of four leading academic institutions: the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, the Advanced Network Research Group at the Cambridge Security Programme, University of Cambridge, and the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University. IDRC is also involved in supporting its research projects in Asian countries.

Rob shared some interesting and intriguing outcomes of this research as well as some research ideas to pursue in future. He thinks that the outcomes of ONI research is showing that the filtering is growing by the minute around the World. There are more and more country that are filtering the Internet and the scope of what they filter is growing all the time. Rob wishes to extend the research in analyzing the cost benefit of filtering vis-à-vis the alternatives. He thinks ultimate solution is to learn to live with greater freedom of the Internet and find out how to mitigate the negative sides of an open Internet in a more effective way – rather than filtering which we see as a blunt instrument for carrying this out.

Based on the outcomes of this research in about 40 countries, ONI initiative has also published a book ‘Access Denied’. The book cover is attached to this blog.

Listen to my conversation with Robert Faris HERE

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