Inu insists on net neutrality
11 November 2015, Nirapad News: Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has put Bangladesh’s voice on the side of ‘net neutrality’, for the internet to benefit the progress of civilization at its best.
Inu was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 4-day 10th Annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in João Pessoa, Brazil on Tuesday.
According to Wikipedia, the principle of net neutrality is that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet the same, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication.
The term was coined by Columbia University media law professor Tim Wu in 2003, whose paper is extensively quoted in the Wikipedia article.
UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development Lenni Montiel, Brazilian Communication Minister Andre Figueiredo, and Ricardo Coutinho, Governor of Paraiba State of Brazil jointly inaugurated the function.
Hasanul Haq Inu, also the President of Bangladesh Internet Governance Forum (BIGF), cited Bangladesh as an example aglow in using ICT for development.
Inu termed internet as an extremely powerful and enabling tool for advancement of civilization.
Approximately 5,000 people from different countries, including high-level government officials, civil society leaders and internet policy experts are attending the 10th IGF in person and online to discuss the future internet governance including its crucial role for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
President of European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Jean-Paul Philippot, Azerbaijan ICT Minister Ali Abbasov, Indonesian Deputy Minister for Science & ICT Bambang Heru Tjahjono, US Assistant Secretary for Department of Commerce Lawrence E Strickling and Chairman of ICT Authority of Turkey Omer Fatih Sayan also spoke on the occasion among others.
On November 8, Inu left Dhaka for Brazil on a five-day official visit to attend the forum.
The Information Minister is expected to return home on November 14.