Cabi­net calls for col­lab­o­ra­tion to fight cy­ber­bul­ly­ing

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY KATHER­INE WEI

The vice pre­mier said yes­ter­day that the gov­ern­ment should put en­ergy into the fight against in­ap­pro­pri­ate speech on the In­ter­net that might lead to cy­ber­bul­ly­ing.

Vice Pre­mier Chang Sancheng ( ) made the re­marks yes­ter­day, a week af­ter a young en­ter­tainer took her own life and claimed in her sui­cide note that she was cy­ber­bul­lied by ne­ti­zens.

“As the In­ter­net de­vel­ops quickly, in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­marks are made and that spawns cy­ber­bul­ly­ing. The gov­ern­ment has to put more ef­fort into chang­ing the sit­u­a­tion, through as­sis­tance from the public, strength­en­ing web­site man­age­ment, self-re­stric­tion by In­ter­net ser­vice provider and ed­u­cat­ing the public on re­lated is­sues,” said Chang.

“By col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple, we will be able to gather the avail­able re­sources and lessen cy­ber­bul­ly­ing.”

There are ex­ist­ing laws that the public may find use­ful when it comes to the fight against cy­ber­bul­ly­ing, said Chang. “The Crim­ial Code, the Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren and Youth Wel­fare and Rights Act, and the Civil Code now in­clude spe­cific reg­u­la­tions on cy­ber­bul­ly­ing in them; the gov­ern­ment will be able to in­te­grate th­ese laws to help peo­ple un­der­stand how they can pro­tect them­selves when us­ing the In­ter­net.

The Na­tional Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC) has en­trusted a civil­ian or­ga­ni­za­tion with es­tab­lish­ing the “iWIN In­ter­net Con­tent Shield Or­ga­ni­za­tion,” or iWIN. The group takes public com­plaints of cases that have vi­o­lated the Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren and Youth Wel­fare and Rights Act, said Chang.

“We have asked the NCC to com­plete a blue­print with iWIN that would bol­ster the ef­fi­ciency of the re­port­ing sys­tem and broaden its ser­vices in the fu­ture, and which would also pro­vide ac­cess to an on­line com­plaint sys­tem and a hot­line,” said Chang.

De­tailed reg­u­la­tions will be an­nounced on iWIN in the fu­ture, as well as in­for­ma­tion about the legal pro­ce­dures one should fol­low in or­der to act against cy­ber­bul­lies; the public will be able to use the plat­form as a search en­gine.

Chang asked for the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to in­vite all ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes us­ing the Tai­wan Aca­demic Net­work ( TANet) to un­der­stand how to man­age the sys­tem and fol­low the Tai­wan Aca­demic Net­work Man­age­ment Rules in the fu­ture.

As for the ser­vice providers, Chang sug­gested a dis­cus­sion on sign­ing an anti-cy­ber­bul­ly­ing agree­ment that would make ser­vice providers take a role in pro­hibit­ing abu­sive acts over the In­ter­net.

Public and Stu­dents Ed­u­cated

on In­ter­net Man­ners

“As for ed­u­ca­tion and the pro­mo­tion of In­ter­net man­ners in the fu­ture, we will be fo­cus­ing on how to ac­quire In­ter­net eti­quette that re­spects not only your­self, but oth- ers as well. The public will also be ed­u­cated on how they should re­act or ask for as­sis­tance when en­coun­ter­ing cy­ber­bul­ly­ing them­selves,” said Chang.

“The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry will be teach­ing stu­dents of dif­fer­ent age groups the ethics of the In­ter­net world, as well as the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties one must shoul­der when par­tic­i­pat­ing in cy­ber­bul­ly­ing ... all this will be de­signed into sim­ple teach­ing ma­te­ri­als that are easy for teach­ers to em­ploy dur­ing class,” said Chang.

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