Internet Symposium Bangladesh (ISB)

Internet Governance towards more accessible and safer Internet in Bangladesh

Department of Agriculture Extension Auditorium (DAEA)
Khamarbari, Dhaka 1207
Saturday 27 December
03:00 pm – 08:00 pm

Background :

As part of its commitment to ensuring the open development and evolution of the Internet, the Internet Society Bangladesh Dhaka chapter is organizing an half day long event titled “Internet Symposium Dhaka: Internet Governance towards more accessible and safer Internet in Bangladesh”. The symposium includes keynote speeches and two plenary sessions on affordable Internet and Internet Safety for kids on Saturday 27 December  at Department of Agriculture Extension Auditorium (DAEA), Khamarbari, Dhaka 1207 from 03:00-07:30pm and will  be attended by  network professionals, educationists and policy makers of Bangladesh. The goal of this event will be to raise awareness about the importance of multi-stakeholder dialogue in improving Internet access by making the Internet more affordable as well as in tackling internet related issues like ‘safe Internet for the kids

Although the Internet penetration and usage is growing rapidly in Bangladesh, there are significant barrier for Internet access for a large number of population due to the end user’s cost, coverage, lack of localized content and internet enabled services. The goal of this symposium is to facilitate multi-stakeholder discussions inorder to provide important insights towards breaking some of these barriers.

PlePlenery 1:

Theme : Role of Internet Governance for a more accessible Internet

Like many developing countries, lack of affordable Internet is often a major obstacle for ensuring ‘Internet for all’. Despite significant reduction of per megabyte cost of Internet bandwidth, the end-users’ bandwidth price is significantly high in Bangladesh. There are still ways to bringdown the  end-users’ Internet cost by devising effective policies and  through establishing private-public partnership. This plenery will bring together industry experts, academia, civil society and policy makers for a stimulating discussion on these. The speakers will be asked to comment on the role of IXPs in reducing Internet costs, to explain the importance of devising effective policies for Broadband, to exemply the role of private-public partnership and multi-stakeholder dialogue in tacking Internet related issues.

 PlePlenery 2:

Theme: Internet Governance towards a safer Internet for Kids

As Internet becomes more available, particularly the mobile Internet’, there is a growing concern about the safe Internet usage for the kids. It is well known that there are things on the Internet which are inappropriate for the kids. Certainly, restricting Internet access to the kids is not a solution. There is a lot to do in raising awareness among the parents, school teachers and the children about safe Internet usage. The second part of the event will address this issue by bringing the parents, policy makers and the technical people  all together to brainstorm and devise a set of DOs and DON’Ts in terms of Internet access list.


Event Synopsis:

15.00 -15.25 Registration

15:30 – 15:35 Welcome and Event highlights: Rabiul Alam, Vice President, ISOC Bangladesh Dhaka
15:35 – 15:40: Highlight ISOC Bangladesh Dhaka: Prof Dr. Shabbir Ahmed, President, ISOC Bangladesh Dhaka
15:40-16:00: Opening Remarks by the chief guest, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of ICT, Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak

16:05-17.15: Opening Plenary

“Role of Internet Governance for a more accessible Internet”

[Highlight areas: Bangladesh Internet Cost, IXP and Broad band policy and IDN]

Speaker: Mr. Md. Rokon-Ul-Hasan, Governance Innovation Unit (GIU), Prime Minister’s Office

Speaker 1: Lt. Col. Mr. Mohammad Zulfiqar, Director System and Services, BTRC
Speaker 2: Mr. NI Khan, Secretary Ministry of Education
Speaker 3: Mr.Md.Emdadul Hoque, Secretary General, ISPAB
Speaker 4: Mr. Atique Rahman, ADE, Internet and Data, BTCL
Speaker 5: Mr. Kamal Hossain, CEO, Earth Telecommunications (Pvt.) Limited

17.15-17.40 Tea Break

17:40-18.40: Closing Plenary

“Internet Governance towards a safer Internet for Kids”

Session Chair : Prof. Ms.Suraiya Parvin , Dhaka University
Speaker 1: Ms.Farzana Mithun, Head of IT, WFP
Speaker 2: Ms.Luna Samsudoha, Chairperson, Women in IT
Speaker 3: Mr.Debashih Roy, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Grameen Phone

Speaker 4 : Ms.Suparna Roy, Coordinator (Content Management), Access to Information (A2I), Programme Prime Minister’s Office, Dhaka

18:45 – 19.45: ISOC Members meeting

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF): Keynote Speaker , Dr. Shabbir Ahmed and EC members

Internet Society Community grants: Keynote Speaker , Mr. Abdul Awal and EC members

Internet Governance Forum (IGF): Keynote Speaker , Mr. Jahangir Hossain and EC members

Internet Corporation for assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN): Keynote Speaker, Mr. Mohammad Kawser Uddin and Mr. Jahangir Hossain and EC members

Roundtable discussion with members

19.45-21.00: Closing Dinner



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