No Public Hearing for Cyber Crime Bill! Let’s Tweetstorm to Get Heard!

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. 

Now what? 

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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.

Push for Web Conference for Public Hearing on Cyber Crime Bill!

Finally, after the dedicated efforts of numerous advocacy groups, ngos and private citizens,  the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication has agreed to a public hearing of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes (PEC) Bill 2015 this Friday, 22 May in Islambad. 

Next Step? We request the Committee to set up two-way video conferencing so the public can participate on Friday’s Hearing on the Cyber Crime Bill (PECB 2015).  

It is a well-established precedent the world over that committees hold public hearings via web conference. They announce the time, the web address, and publish all the other necessary details so those web-savvy citizens can chime in and fully participate in the hearing.  I suggest you look into popular tools including and Web Conferencing by Cisco.

There are many concerned students and professionals who have both the expertise and the right to take part in Friday’s hearing and we should fully utilize technology to make this possible.

3 Key Lessons to Learn from the Fake Degree Exposé

3 Key Lessons

Following a  major expose by the NYT, which outed a local software company with selling fake degrees to international clientele, I can not help but think this could not have been better timed!  There are 3 key lessons that can be learned from this scandal, especially relating to the use of technology and higher education.

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