Activism against E-Crime Bill 2007 continues
For the second time this week, concerned techies, photographers, writers, teachers, designers, business people, doctors and journalists got together at T2F to discuss the proposed E-Crime Bill that will become law if we let the National Assembly pass it. It has already been passed through the Cabinet and approved by the Ministry of Law (the graphic on the left is borrowed from Teeth Maestro’s blog – i think we should use it for our campaign Awab).
Barrister Zahid Jamil was present yet again to explain the different parts of the proposed Bill and how it did not conform with internationally accepted definitions or law. Those present asked how it would impact on them as individuals, as professionals, as bloggers, as users of electronic communications. Zahid patiently answered all the questions in layman’s terms so that the legalese didn’t take away from what this Bill actually meant.
A decision was made to continue the awareness and activism activities until the powers that be re-visit the Bill and re-draft it to incorporate the correct definitions and to provide the balance that is needed to protect the rights of all individuals and companies who use all kinds of electronic gadgets from mobile phones to computer equipment.
Adnan Haider had his first taste of the Bill at T2F at the first session, and was scared out of his wits, as were the rest of us. Some recordings were made highlighting the main elements of the Bill. These will be put up in clips on YouTube so that an understanding is developed as to what the Bill actually means for various individuals.
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