Asia Internet Symposium (AIS),Dhaka, Bangladesh,10th October 2015 – Main Theme – Responsible Uses of Social Media

Asia Internet Symposium (AIS), Dhaka 2015

Main Theme – Responsible Uses of Social Media

 

The Internet and social media sites can be a very powerful tool to engage the community and celebrate freedom of speech in a positive way, however, they can also be open to misuse and abuse.

In recent years, Internet use in Bangladesh has jumped exponentially, and according to figures from Bangladesh’s Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, subscribers now stand at nearly 51 million – 49.2 million are using mobile Internet.

A similar growth pattern is observed in the usage of social media; for example, Facebook is adding a new user in Bangladesh every 20 seconds, already reaching a user base of around 3.3 million. Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest are rated as other popular social media channels in the country.

Another analysis of online media that have given the country’s Internet users a distinct character is the Bangla blog sites. A local study analysis reveals that from this part of the world “blogging” mainly represent community than personal blogging, bloggers are actively expressing their opinions on contemporary socio-political issues.

However, abuse over social media is also on rise in the country. A very number of incidents show fake account holders sending trolls, uploading objectionable pictures and videos, and even posting hate messages. Women and girls are quoted as the major victim of such harassment over social media. The Bangladesh Computer Security Incident Response Team (BD-CSIRT) said to receive around 2,000 such complaints over the last 18 months.

Parents are now questioning about safe use of social media and how to prevent their kids from cyber bullying, similarly, employers are chatting about social media norms and impact of this media on work productivity of their employees.

The Internet Society’s (ISOC) Asia Internet Symposium Dhaka will bring together Government, Businesses, Civil Society and Social Media Activist to deliberate on issues related to responsible use of social media.

The following dimensions will be addressed:

–       What should we be most concerned with when it comes to mistreatment of social media in Bangladesh?

–       Are we telling our young generation that social media comes with a great responsibility?

–       How to delimit the difference between freedom of expression and crowding false information through social media channels?

–       How to educate the end-user, what could be the best approaches?

–       What are the observation from regulator and service provider?

 

Program Details:

Morning Session:

9.30 -10:00     Registration / Participants to be seated

10.00-10.30    Welcome and Event highlights by Rabiul Alam, ISOC Bangladesh Dhaka

10.30-11.30 Opening Plenary: Online Child Safety

Panelist members;

Speaker 1: Mr. Jabed Sultan Pias, Community Manager, GDG Bangla & Assistant Manager-Brand and Activation at Prothom Alo

Speaker 2: Ms. Luna Samsudoha, President , Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT)

Speaker 3: Ms. Suparna Roy, Local Development Expert, Access to Information (A2i) Program, Prime Minister Office

Speaker 4: Ms. Sabila Enun, Senior Sector Specialist, BRAC Education Programme & Communication Specialist, DCASTALIA

Speaker 5: Ms. Laila Karim, Manager-Advocacy and Communication, Child Protection Sector, Save the Children in Bangladesh

11:30 – 12:00 Questions / Answers Session

12:00 – 12.30 Coffees / Networking Break

12:30-13.30 Global/Regional update for Participants/Members from ISOC BD Dhaka Chapter

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF): Dr. Shabbir Ahmed

Internet Governance Forum (IGF): Md. Jahangir Hossain

Internet Corporation for assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN): Md. Jahangir Hossain and Mohammad Kawsar Uddin

Internet Society/APNIC Community grants: Mohammad Kawsar Uddin and Md. Abdul Awal

13:30-15.00 Lunch / Prayer Break

 

Evening Session:

Main Theme “Responsible Uses of Social Media”

15:15 -15:30    Registration / Participants to be seated

15:30–15:45    Welcome and Event highlights by Dr. Shabbir Ahmed, ISOC Bangladesh Dhaka

15:45 – 16:00 Opening Remarks: Mr. Naveed Ul Haq, Chapter Development Manager, Internet Society (ISOC) Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau

16:00 – 16:10 Key Notes 1: Mr. Hasan Benaul Islam, Communication Expert, Access to Information (A2i) Program, Prime Minister Office

16:10 – 16:25  Key Note 2 : Mr. Sumon Ahmed Sabbir, Chief Strategy Officer, Fiber@Home & Co-Chair,Policy SIG, APNIC

16:45 – 17.00  Speech by Chief Guest: Prof. Dr. Nasreen Ahmad, Pro-vice Chancellor- Academic, University of Dhaka

17:00 – 17.30 Coffees / Networking Break

 17:30 – 18:30 Closing Plenary: Responsible Uses of Social Media

Panelist members;

Speaker 1: Emeritus Professor.Dr. Lutfor Rahaman,  Daffodil International University

Speaker 2: Professor. Dr. Rokon Zaman, North South University

Speaker 3: Mr. Sumon Ahmed Sabbir, Chief Strategy Officer, Fiber@Home & Co-Chair, Policy SIG, APNIC

Speaker 4: Mr. Hasan Benaul Islam, Communication Expert, Access to Information (A2i) Program, Prime Minister Office

Speaker 5: Mr. Md. Emdadul Hoque, Secretary General, Internet Service Provider Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB)

Speaker 6: Ms. Sabila Enun, Senior Sector Specialist, BRAC Education Programme & Communication Specialist, DCASTALIA

18:30 – 19:00 Questions / Answers Session and Note of Thanks

 19:00 – 21:00 Dinner

 

Venue:

Goldwater Convention Center

Level: 17, Bashundhara City, Panthapath, Dhaka 1215 Bangladesh

 

 

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