The need of Community interaction

The communities in Myanmar are using social media a lot, everything shares on social media especially facebook. Political parties, politician, MPs and even Government official use facebook as the official platform for releasing public information. Many confidential cases were leaked out on social media. We may say it is good because the internet access is opened up the internet, larger areas of the population is covered, most people use the internet.

However, Telecommunication laws such as article 66-D is popularly using for arresting and controlling internet users those who may not intentionally like or share the other posts which criticising the government personnel, the military leaders and other government project implementation. So freedom of speech and freedom of expression are still under strict monitoring by the military and ruling government as well as some problem makers. That will always be for many generations in Myanmar but when mass citizen got awareness of digital and cybersecurity and the existing laws and regulations in Myanmar, they can be aware of the arrest and effectively use the internet for better changes.

For that is why we, Myanmar only cannot do, we have to collaborate with at least the experts on this issues from ASEAN countries and then the world. Moreover, we are just the begin of a journey to democracy and the prosperity, we have to work a lot on documenting of the past military activities and have to see justice after the transition period. So there will be more attack or arrest when the process for seeking justification in the near future. Human rights defenders, archive servers or storage, active persons, lawyers etc who work for justice will be targeted. We want those communities to be ready to encounter this kind of situation.

Myanmar government released some ICT-related laws and regulations including Telecommunication, Electronic transaction, Cyber etc but most of them are to protect only the government, not the public. Those laws and regulations are required for some conditions but that needed to be in line with UDHR and other respective rights also to protect public. There is no digital and cyber security related research of Myanmar yet. The MIDO and partners did on telecommunication framework and regulations but more research works are needed to do for Myanmar.

Most of our training curriculum, tools and guide will be based on Tactical Tech products because we believe them and have been doing digital security training with them for exile Myanmar government, politicians, refugee communities and activists who campaign at Indo-Myanmar, China-Myanmar, Thai-Myanmar borders and refugee camps in New Delhi of India, Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia and some training inside Myanmar since 2005. Here are the list of our based resources going to use in this project.

https://tacticaltech.org/projects/all https://exposingtheinvisible.org/ https://myshadow.org/ https://myshadow.org/train https://securityinabox.org/en/ https://tacticaltech.org/news/data-detox-kit https://mobiles.tacticaltech.org/ https://ngoinabox.org/ https://holistic-security.tacticaltech.org/ https://www.level-up.cc/ https://gendersec.tacticaltech.org/wiki/index.php/Complete_manual

Software lists for the proposed project (we will use only open sources software)

Operating system

GNU/Linux distro

Online/offline main center IPTV platform Kaltura Community Edition https://corp.kaltura.com/Deployment-Options/Kaltura-Community-Edition

IVR online and offline with Verbioce http://www.ilabsoutheastasia.org/technologies/verboice/ Verboice is a free and open-source tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and run applications that interact via voice, allowing your users to listen and record messages in their own language and dialect or answer questions with a phone keypad. Verboice applications can start small and scale up, making it possible to improve lives even in communities previously closed off by literacy and technological barriers.

Server devices for local resource center

Rapberry PI

Local communication, video, audio with the local resources center

Client: https://jitsi.org/Main/Download

Server: https://github.com/jitsi/jitsi-meet/blob/master/doc/manual-install.md

Other educational content

Rachel PI

https://racheloffline.org/

Wireless network devices

Ubiquiti

https://www.ubnt.com/products/

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