Ooredoo Myanmar and GSMA staff up with Fb for digital literacy


The Myanma outpost of Qatari telco Ooredoo has teamed up with GSMA and Fb to extend digital literacy within the nation, the trio introduced on Tuesday.

Inside Ooredoo shops, Myanma first-time web customers will be capable of entry “web schooling supplies” in a bid to extend digital literacy.

Roughly 21 million of Myanmar’s 54 million individuals are already utilizing cellular web connectivity, based on GSMA figures.

“The GSMA is dedicated to advancing the reason for connectivity in rural areas as it really works to speed up progress in opposition to the UN’s Sustainable Improvement Targets,” stated GSMA head of Related Society and Related Ladies, Claire Sibthorpe.

“Cell web connectivity brings a variety of social and financial advantages, serving to to advertise digital inclusion and supporting the supply of important companies and we’re happy to help advancing inclusion to the residents of Myanmar.”

In 2016, the GSMA identified how Fb dominated the web in Myanmar

“Fb predominantly formed respondents’ understanding of the web,” the affiliation stated. “Many contemplate Fb the one entry level for info, and plenty of regard postings as information.”

By the top of 2018, Fb was conceding its platform was used to foment division and incite offline violence following the ethnic cleaning of the Rohinga Muslims in Myanmar.

The Workplace of the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights stated in a September 2018 report [PDF] that Fb ought to take all demise threats and threats of hurt severely, and develop an “early warning system”.

“Earlier than coming into any new market, significantly these with unstable ethnic, non secular, or different social tensions, Fb and different social media platforms, together with messenger techniques, ought to conduct in-depth human rights affect assessments for his or her merchandise, insurance policies and operations, primarily based on the nationwide context and take mitigating measures to cut back dangers as a lot as attainable,” the report concluded.

In April, New Zealand Privateness Commissioner John Edwards didn’t mince phrases when he labelled the social community as “morally bankrupt pathological liars who allow genocide (Myanmar)”.

Edwards added that the corporate refuses to “settle for any duty for any content material or hurt”.

On Tuesday, Ooredoo Myanmar, Fb and the GSMA stated its literacy marketing campaign would assist Mynama use the web responsibly and “be empowered by it”.

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