Following yesterday’s appeal for a web conferencing component to be added to the Public Hearing on the Cyber Crime Bill 2015 (PECB2015), there is a disappointing update.
According to Dawn, the National Assembly’s Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication has extended an invited to only 6 people, supposed ‘stakeholders’ on Friday’s hearing. This is in no way how a public hearing should be held. Let’s call it what it is – a private meeting.
I suggest we begin a tweetstorm at 9 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time tonight – for 12 hours straight until the slated time for the private meeting – to raise awareness of the public’s concerns about the Cyber Crime Bill in it’s current state. There should be a public debate on all aspects of the bill.
Starting from 9 p.m. sharp, tonight on Twitter, I request us all to put our thinking hats on and tweet about what concerns you about the Prevention of Electronic Crimes (PEC) Bill 2015 *.
Remember to add the following four hashtags:
#CitizensVoiceonPECB #tweetstorm #Pakistan #PECB2015 .
*Source: PDF version of the PEC Bill from Bolo Bhi, a non-profit focused on advocacy, policy and research on gender rights, government transparency, internet access, digital security and privacy.