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Experts at a discussion in Rajshahi on Saturday unequivocally called for ensuring best uses of internet and social communication media for the sake of preventing cyber crimes.
They said the present government has adopted various time-fitting measures to end cyber crimes. So, all the government and private entities concerned should come forward and work together to supplement the government endeavor.
They came up with the observation while addressing a daylong workshop titled ‘Strengthening Publicity Programme for Ensuring Best Uses of Internet and Social Communication Media’. Direc-torate of Mass Communication (DMC) organized the strategy selection and development related workshop in the regional office conference room of Press Information Department (PID).
Addressing the event as focal person, DMC Director General Zakir Hossain underscored the need for creating awareness among cross-section of people about the dire consequences of cyber crimes.
“With the advancement of information technology, the nature and rate of cyber crimes are increasing. Accordingly, the cyber criminals are also being brought to justice,” he added. He also urged the facebook users to remain alert during using the social media.
Chaired by district information officer Md Shamsuzzaman, the meeting was addressed, among others, by DMC Director (Publicity and Coordination) Toyab Ali and Senior Information Officer of PID Faruque Abdul Momin.
During his keynote presentation, Dr Ali Hossain, assistant professor of Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET), said cyber crimes cover many offences. He mentioned that cyber crime is the unlawful act wherein the computer information technology is used either as a tool or a target or both. He underscored the need for taking preventive measures against those involved in cyber crimes to rein in the growing menace.
Awareness should be raised among people about cyber crimes, related laws and punishment, he said adding that relevant professionals, experts and the mass media could play a responsible role in this regard.
The RUET teacher said internet is undoubtedly the most crucial technology of the modern world, the useful applications of it have not only made our life easier than ever before, it also plays a very important role in education, entertainment and business. “But it has its negative aspects too. It has ushered in a vast world for criminals in society. The biggest threat of the internet is security risk,” he said.