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PTD moves to database pornography websites

The posts and telecommunications division (PTD) has taken a move to prepare a database of the websites spreading "pornography" and "objectionable contents" in cyber space, said officials.

To this end, it has formed a committee, headed by a director general of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), which would also prepare a set of recommendation to thwart any ill motive in the cyber space, they added.

Talking to BSS, PTD Secretary M Faizur Rahman Chowdhury this evening said the committee has been assigned to make a list of websites spreading pornography and objectionable contents in the country.

"The committee has also been asked to submit technical proposal and recommendation to deal with the issue," he added.

PTD official said representatives of PTD, information ministry, national telecommunication monitoring centre (NTMC), internet service providers, mobile phone operators and law enforcement agencies have also been included in the committee.

The committee has been asked to submit its report to the PTD within seven days, added the official.

A meeting on "Objectionable Contents in Internet", chaired by the state minister for posts and telecommunications Tarana Halim, at the PTD this afternoon formed the committee.

According to the PTD officials, the committee would prepare a full list of the websites of pornography and objectionable contents and formulate a three-tier technical proposal to curb the pornography and objectionable contents.

The three-tier proposal would include -immediate, interim and final action-plans.

"After getting the list and technical proposal, initiative would be taken to curb those," added the officials.

Finally, the internet service providers or International Internet Gateway (IIG) operators would be asked to comply with the recommendations of the technical proposal of the committee.

Besides, mass awareness would also be raised to curb the pornography and objectionable contents in the country.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)