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Self Regulation Way To Go, says USP Student

Student Riyaz Parvez says we should exercise self-regula­tion in trying to stop cyber bullying and fake news. The University of the South Pacific student said regulations did not limit our
17 Mar 2018 12:48
Self Regulation Way To Go, says USP Student
Chief Justice Anthony Gates and Consumer Council of Fiji chief executive officer Premila Kumar during the debate at the University of the South Pacific on March 15, 2018. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua

Student Riyaz Parvez says we should exercise self-regula­tion in trying to stop cyber bullying and fake news.

The University of the South Pacific student said regulations did not limit our rights, but it en­hanced them.

Mr Parvez was the USP team lead­er that won the debate on the topic, ‘Should cyberspace be regulated to deal with fake news and cyber bul­lying?’

This was the debate between the University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University un­dergraduates on Thursday.

“All rights come with a heavy bur­den of responsibility. Regulation is not control, it is not censorship, it does not only involve drafting a law, it involves the allocation of adequate funding and resources and putting in place enforcement recognition rather than mecha­nisms,” he said.

“Why regulate something that is already regulated, we should exer­cise self-regulation.”

Meanwhile, FNU team leader Miliakere Tamani said: “These is­sues are being dealt with on the ground, if it needs to be dealt a bit further, then we need to create new laws on the ground or enhance the ones that are in place, we don’t have to control the whole of cyber­space.

Chief guest, Chief Justice Antho­ny Gates, said the topic brought an awareness of the problem in our midst.

The debate was staged at the Fac­ulty of Business and Economics (postgraduate) lecture theatre, at USP’s Laucala Campus.

“For the contestants, it will be part of the development of their skills before they leave the univer­sity and enter the workforce,’’ Jus­tice Gates said.

“There are so many issues about this topic.”

The Consumer Council of Fiji hosted the debate and its chief executive officer, Premila Ku­mar, elaborated on the choice of the topic cyber bullying and fakenews.

She said the council recognised that these issues are becoming ma­jor social problems in our modern society.

“We would like to put this issue out in the public so that one can start thinking about the two ills of digitalisation and how it can be controlled,” Ms Kumar said.

The debate was attended by uni­versity students, stakeholders and high school students.

Thursday was also World Con­sumer rights day.

“It is good to have a day to con­sider consumer rights,’’ Ms Kumar said.

Team USP (affirmative) won the overall debate. There were three speakers in a team.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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