Dhaka: Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu proposed three global treaties namely on `Internet as basic right’, `Cyber security’ and `Democratic governance of Internet’ at the inaugural session of 11 th Internet Governance Forum of United Nations in Guadaljara city of Jalisco state in Mexico Tuesday.
AHM Bazlur Rahamn, CEO of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communications (BNNRC), who is accompanying the minister informed, besides the treaty proposals being taken into considerations by the forum, Inu in his address also chartered a 10-point demand on Internet governance.
Minister Inu who is also the Chairperson of Bangladesh Internet Governance Forum (BIGF) emphasized on affordability, accessibility and safety of Internet, removal of roadblocks on the way to digital trade and economy, capacity building, content developments in mother tongue, adoption of Internet-enabling laws, institutional strengthening, democratic governance of Internet and that Internet should be considered as basic right.
Hasanul Haq Inu said, it was possible to face the challenges rocking the world at present namely environment and climate change, terrorism, poverty and gender disparity with Internet as an enabling tool, which would take us forward in attaining Sustainable Development Goals by the year 2030.
Information Minister is likely to have bilateral meetings with the leaders of UN IGF and the mayor of Jalisco on the sidelines of the forum to conclude on 9 December. Inu is scheduled to return on 10 th. BIGF member Md. Shazzad Hossain and Minister’s private secretary Dr. Molla Mahmud Hassan have also reached Mexico to join the forum.
Newsbd71/AR/December 07, 2016