Digital security act not for gagging freedom of expression: Joy

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published: 00:59, Apr 16,2018 | Updated: 01:03, Apr 16,2018

 
 

Sajeeb Wazed Joy, the adviser to the prime minister on information technology, talks to the participants following the inauguration of a two-day Business Process Outsourcing Summit at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on Sunday. — New Age photo

The digital security act was made not to gag freedom of expression but to stop spreading of falsehood and extremist activities through social media to protect minority communities, said prime minister’s information and communication technology affairs adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy.
‘Expression of freedom is the right of a citizen. The digital security act has been made not to suppress freedom of expression but to protect minorities and stop spreading of lies or hate speeches in social media,’ said Joy, son of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a two-day ‘Business Processing Outsourcing Conference’ at a city hotel in Dhaka on Sunday.
‘Any individual, especially one belonging to a minority community, can be affected by misleading news or rumours. We cannot allow to that to happen. . . it is not expression of freedom, it is carried out to spread hatred and those who are doing it should be brought under the law,’ he said.
He said that the ICT sector had created an enormous scope for jobs and the country’s youth could earn a handsome amount of dollars through outsourcing.
Joy said that the digital security act should be passed in the Jatiya Sangsad immediately.
While highlighting the huge potential of ICT development, Joy urged the youth to become a part of the ICT sector without waiting for government jobs.
‘Young people do not need to wait for government jobs . . . ICT has created a huge opportunity for them and now they can earn huge dollars through outsourcing even by staying at home in the rural areas,’ he added.
The opportunities were made possible because of the government’s policy supports, Joy said, adding that the government had ensured power and high-speed internet service for all.
Describing Bangladesh as a leading ICT hub in the world, the prime minister’s son urged all not to misuse ‘Facebook’.
‘Misleading information is often spread over Facebook but we cannot shutdown Facebook for that,’ he said and urged the regulatory bodies concerned to develop necessary tools so that harmful contents were screened over the internet from Bangladesh.
Joy urged the job seeking youth to associate and familiarise themselves with ICT without waiting for government jobs.
Around 3000 or 4000 young people get jobs through Bangladesh Public Service Commission every year but the huge number of job seekers could easily take training in ICT and earn money.
‘The present government has introduced ICT education at primary level and I want the youth and children to know how to operate a computer. . . they need to understand the language of computers,’ he added.
About the benefits of outsourcing, Joy said that BPO started its journey with 300 jobs in 2009 and now this sector created jobs for 40,000 young people in aid of the government’s strategy and planning.
‘I hope that this sector would be able to create jobs for 100,000 people by 2021,’ he added.
He said that Bangladesh was now earning around $ 20 crore from BPO business and the government was working to raise the earnings to $ 100 crore by 2021.
He described the young population as Bangladesh’s assets and providing training to the youth was the government’s priority task. ‘I hope we will be able to take a strong position in the global BPO market through developing skilled manpower,’ he added.
Post, telecommunication and ICT minister Mostafa Zabbar presided over the opening session of the twoday conference organised jointly for the third time by ICT ministry and Bangladesh Association of Call Center and Outsourcing.
State minister for ICT division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the Posts, Telecommunication and ICT ministry Imran Ahmed, ICT division secretary Shyam Sunder Sikder, BACCO president Wahid Sharif, among others, spoke at the ceremony.
Mostafa Zabbar said the number of internet users was only 24 lakh in 2008 and this number has reached eight crore. Bandwidth price was Tk 75,000 in 2005, which is now only Tk 1000, he added.
Zunaid Ahmed Palak said there are over 600,000 freelancers in outsourcing job.
Ten seminars and workshop will he held during the two-day conference.

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