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Editor-in-Chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi
Editor-in-Chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi

When we talk about technology and crime, or technological crime, we probably refer to crimes using new technologies, that is information and communication technologies (ICTs).

It is very difficult to define, as new technologies continue to emerge and the examples become redundant. In some cities in some countries, burglary is a forgotten thing, thanks to burglar alarms.

Closed-circuit TV cameras solve a lot of problems but they create quite a few more. Surveillance helps, serving as a powerful deterrent. But all these prying eyes of cameras installed in the name of security become a huge nuisance for some of us; citizens’ groups often raise their voice about invasion into our privacy.

At times, these surveillance cameras have caught images not authorised by the law. We have one recent example in Bangladesh. Grooming and other personal service provider, Persona, was allegedly going beyond limits and suddenly found itself in the news headlines for these reasons.

Carjacking once became very common even in countries where the car population outstripped the human population. There came the technology – alarms, tracking devices, keys with ability to read its owner’s fingerprints – to supplement all the other existing ways of finding or tracking down a stolen car.

For someone who is neither a techie, legal professional, nor law enforcer but merely a news-gatherer and publisher, the perspective is different. In my struggle to put something together in this particular case, I consulted my colleagues and friends who take interest in such matters.

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Toufique Imrose Khalidiis the Editor-in-Chief of bdnews24.com.

2 Responses to “Safer Internet: Let’s kick off the conversation”

  1. Anwar A. Khan

    Mr. Khalidi,

    A good article with detailed explanations in respect of safer internet …and I thank you very much for kicking off the conversation in this regard. However, I wish to express my points of view hereunder being a non-technical person or a non-technologist on such a vital issue:

    Information and communication technologies evolve and spread at phenomenal speed. This evolution represents an amazing opportunity that more and more children are using to learn, play, create, socialize, and express themselves, in particular through the Internet. Indeed, through their access to Internet, children can exercise their right to access to information and to freedom of expression, their rights to be heard, to participate in public debate and develop a critical thinking.

    Openness and accessibility are fundamental aspects of the Internet − but therein also lie some of the greatest risks. New technologies are easing the production and proliferation of child abuse material, with new exploitative activities appearing such as the live streaming of child sexual abuse on demand. The quantification and identification of cases are made difficult by the possibility of concealing illegal activities on the Internet. The harm caused to child victims is amplified when images of abuse and exploitation go viral.

    Exposure to harmful information or abusive material, grooming by predators, breaches of privacy, cyber-bullying, and production and distribution of exploitative behaviour cannot be the price to pay for innovation and freedom.

    Young people are seizing the opportunity to engage with new technologies: they’re doing brilliant things, discovering new things, connecting with other people and being creative. That is a positive story. At the same time, let’s not ignore the fact that there are some other bad issues here.

    However, without determined and coordinated action, millions of children will continue to be excluded from the benefits of the Internet, child victims of on-line violence, abuse and exploitation will continue to multiply, and impunity for these offences will continue fueling criminality. We want to use this safer internet event to inspire young people to create a kinder internet for themselves, as well as showing parents that internet safety is an important issue to be looking at.

    It is high time to scale up these efforts by connecting through a truly global alliance to develop an empowering, safe and inclusive digital agenda for children. “Let’s connect for a safe, empowering and inclusive Internet.” Call for action in our community in order to raise awareness about an online bullying case, report it in our schools, colleges, universities, or to our parents or to the police if needed.

    Once again, thank you very much, Mr. Khalidi, for writing on such a burning topic in tune with time.

  2. Golam Arshad

    Dear Toufiq: Great write up! A ringing bell of grave concerns. The Reincarnation of Orwellian Big Brother Syndrome. The keeper of privacy, the Government of the Day ruffled and baffled, how to deal with this cyber menace. It is very difficult to fight a cyber war.. shutting down cyberspace or the Web is not the answer. We have to live with it until next line of cyber tech cones into public domain. This is again my personal opinion. Heartiest! Heartiest Congratulations to Toufiq. I salute you for being an outstanding cyber editor of our time. Keep up the good work!

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