Would porno websites be blocked finally?

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The demand and initiative for blocking pornography websites are very old in Bangladesh. But experts and related authorities aren’t clear about the matter that when and how the porno websites will be blocked and is it at least possible.

Even the authorities of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) aren’t clear on how the pornography websites will be blocked together with the root. On the other hand, State Minister for Post and Telecommunication, Tarana Halim though earlier announced to publish the list of porno website visitors but later way back from the initiative. But an secretary of that ministry claimed that the process to block porno websites is ongoing following list of those.

Social scientists opines that, the social condition of Bangladesh is intermixture of liberal and conservative thoughts, from the perspective of family culture and religious trends. Therefore, the exhibition of porno movies commercially and visiting pornography websites are prohibited in Bangladesh as per the country’s social value.

Experts on information and technology are saying that, it is almost impossible to close a website in internet. They say that a website can be used through proxy server even after closing it directly. It is tough task to close the proxy server.

Anindya Iqbal, a teacher of Computer Science and Engineering Department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), said that, “The government can close any website in legal channel if it wants. But they couldn’t close any proxy server. Too many URLs (Uniform Resource Locator) are used for porno websites. These should be recognised for blocking. There are lakhs of URLs in the country. It needs to shut the internet in a bid to close the URLs simultaneously. It’s not possible.”

Regarding the matter, Rasheda Ronok Khan, a teacher of Dhaka University and also a social scientist, said that, “Our society is called liberal. But it is conservative too. Therefore, it can be said that our Bangladeshi society is mixture of generosity and conservatism. The using of pornography is contradictory with our social system, it doesn’t matter how much ‘liberal’ can be said our society is.”

Rasheda Ronok said, “Porno addicts are more horrific than other mental patients. They become likely crazy to experiment what they watch in porno movies. When they don’t find it available, then they come heavily upon innocent children and women. Misuse of digital technology and cheap electronic devices are also assisting to thrive the process.”

As a solution to curb the problem, she said, “First of all, the government should block the porno websites. It should be implemented. It is possible to shut pornography following many existing laws in our country.”

When she was asked that what will be required if it is not possible to close the porno websites, she said, “Those who are associated with making pornography should bring under punishable measure. It can bring some fruitful solution. At the same time, families should be aware. Guardians of families and teachers should contribute regarding this.”

State Minister Tarana Halim couldn’t be reached after trying to contact her over two days for her comment regarding this. Foyzur Rahman Chowhury, secretary for post and telecommunication, said that, “We are running our work undeterred in a bid to close the porno websites. We direct BTRC to close the sites when we find any recommendation in our monthly meetings. This process is in progress.”

Dr Shahjahan Mahmud, chairman of BTRC, told poriborton.com that, “We have taken all sorts of initiatives to shut the porno websites. But we are doubtful on the extend of closing those. Because, when we close any website in a side, then users enter into it through another way. It is not only for our country. The problem is same for the whole world. Because, there are too many paths are available for entering internet, the number is not only one or two.”

Regarding publishing the list of porno website visitors, he said, “It is hard to make list. Because, who run those websites can do this list.”

“However, we have started the process after getting instruction from the ministry for blocking pornography websites. Related workforce have been employed regarding this”, added Shahjahan.

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