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Witness testifies on killing of 21

A prosecution witness yesterday testified that Jamaat-e-Islami leader AKM Yusuf had formed Razakar force that killed 21 people, including his paternal uncle, in a single incident in Bagerhat during the Liberation War.
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Civil rights in digital age

NEWSPAPERS from 32 countries, leading authors and several Nobel laureates from 83 countries have joined voice in issuing an appeal against mass surveillance that has been hogging international headlines over the last couple of months. The fact that powerful spy agencies overseas have been snooping on individuals in leadership, business and others in public realm is now common knowledge. We understand the security concerns the government may have in the digital age. Granted some of these concerns cannot be brushed aside. We also understand the need for respecting privacy and the right of every individual to express his/her views freely. We endorse the global stand for democracy in digital age wholeheartedly.
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Law wide open to abuse

THE Awami League-led government's proposed changes to the Information and Communication Technology Act 2006, which we, along with media and communications experts and practitioners strongly opposed when it was promulgated as a presidential ordinance, has now been given permanent footing in the form of a law passed in parliament two days ago. Among other things, it empowers law enforcers to arrest alleged violaters without a warrant. The new law makes 'hacking' into a computer system a non-bailable offence, punishable with between seven and 14 years' imprisonment, and among the crimes have also been included obscenities and defematory remarks.
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December 11, 2013
December 11, 2013

Witness testifies on killing of 21

A prosecution witness yesterday testified that Jamaat-e-Islami leader AKM Yusuf had formed Razakar force that killed 21 people, including his paternal uncle, in a single incident in Bagerhat during the Liberation War.
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December 11, 2013
December 11, 2013

Civil rights in digital age

NEWSPAPERS from 32 countries, leading authors and several Nobel laureates from 83 countries have joined voice in issuing an appeal against mass surveillance that has been hogging international headlines over the last couple of months. The fact that powerful spy agencies overseas have been snooping on individuals in leadership, business and others in public realm is now common knowledge. We understand the security concerns the government may have in the digital age. Granted some of these concerns cannot be brushed aside. We also understand the need for respecting privacy and the right of every individual to express his/her views freely. We endorse the global stand for democracy in digital age wholeheartedly.
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October 8, 2013
October 8, 2013

Law wide open to abuse

THE Awami League-led government's proposed changes to the Information and Communication Technology Act 2006, which we, along with media and communications experts and practitioners strongly opposed when it was promulgated as a presidential ordinance, has now been given permanent footing in the form of a law passed in parliament two days ago. Among other things, it empowers law enforcers to arrest alleged violaters without a warrant. The new law makes 'hacking' into a computer system a non-bailable offence, punishable with between seven and 14 years' imprisonment, and among the crimes have also been included obscenities and defematory remarks.
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October 7, 2013
October 7, 2013

Cops can arrest without warrant

The House yesterday passed the controversial bill bringing changes in the information and communication technology (ICT) act to empower law enforcers to arrest anybody without a warrant for violating this law.
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October 1, 2013
October 1, 2013

On proposed ICT Act-2013

lockWORLDWIDE, framing of cyber laws for a virtual world with a view to curbing cyber crimes is being treated as a very sensitive issue as it involves multidimensional complexities. In contrast, framing of real world laws is comparatively easy as various laws (e.g. civil laws, criminal laws) to govern societies had been introduced even before the Christian era. In fact, such laws are being evolved and improved over time in all countries. But the emergence of a virtual world is a new phenomenon,...

September 23, 2013
September 23, 2013

Liberty at risk: Amending ICT law

"The aspirations of free peoples are seldom harmful to liberty, because they result either from oppression or from fear that there is going to be oppression."
-- Niccolo Machiavelli, Discourses I.4

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September 9, 2013
September 9, 2013

4 bloggers indicted

(L-R) Subrata Adhikari Shuvo, Mashiur Rahman Biplob, Russel Parvez and Asif Mohiuddin. Star file photo. (L-R) Subrata Adhikari Shuvo, Mashiur Rahman Biplob, Russel Parvez and Asif Mohiuddin. Star file photo.

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September 8, 2013
September 8, 2013

Worries abound

The government should not enact the recent amendment to the Information and Communication Technology Law, 2006 and its section 57, speakers at a roundtable observed yesterday.
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July 18, 2013
July 18, 2013

War crimes trial: We should be united behind it

THE icon of the massacre of the Bengalis, the symbol of repression and torture in 1971, has been handed down a 90-year prison term. That Ghulam Azam's age was the mitigating factor in the award of the verdict is very clear. His cohort and leader of the infamous Al-Badr gang in 1971, Mojaheed, has been awarded the death penalty.
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July 17, 2013
July 17, 2013

Ghulam Azam verdict: Has justice been served?

verdictFOOLISH men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice; but only accident here below. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death": Thomas Carlyle
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