People have right to seek their identity on cyberspace: Canadian Professors


Srinagar, Mar 19: Professors of York University, Canada, Monday said people of Kashmir had every right to seek culture, identity and language of their own on the cyberspace.
 Daniel Drache, Senior Research Fellow and Full Professor, York University, Toronto, Canada and Dr Marilyn Lambert-Drache, professor linguistics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University are on a special visit to deliver special lectures to Kashmir University students and scholars.  
 “A 2011 census report says that there are more than two billion users using the internet. The trend has not only remained restricted to non-English speakers but the fact is that there are no barriers in representation of language, identity and culture. People in this part of world too have rights to seek so,” Dr Marilyn Lambert-Drache said, addressing a gathering at Ghandi Bhawan, Kashmir University here. 
 The special lecture series has been organized by Educational Multimedia Research Center (EMMRC).
 Dr Marilyn said one percent of content matters a lot on the cyberspace. “Sophisticated technology is less compatible to less prominent languages; but even a percent does matter on the cyberspace,” she said.
 Daniel Drache, in his lecture, said power of new media brought revolutions in Arab World and toppled regimes in the region. “Social media is a game changer. Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, My Space etc. have proven very powerful and interactive. Occupy Wall Street and a cycle of dissent in Arab awakening is a classic example of the power of social networking,” he said, adding toppling of regimes raised important questions as to how far information could work.
 Daniel said parents must not stop their children in getting access to social networking sites as they proved very helpful in long run. “President, United States, Barrack Obama used social networking as a tool for electoral campaign and he succeeded,” he said.
 Former Vice-Chancellor, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora, Professor Siddique Wahid, in his speech, said serious questions were arising at an intellectual front over the ever-growing usage of internet, apprehending students and scholars were getting quantity over quality.
 “The ever-growing usage of internet has changed the very contours of the world. Knowing technology, getting information and transferring it to the wider world is quite dramatic. But this whole process raises serious questions over the intellectual activity,” he said.
 Vice-Chancellor Kashmir University Professor Talat Ahmad, in his presidential address, said the University authorities will encourage holding further lectures by foreign professors on new concepts. “It is part of strategy to globalize the varsity by inviting such personalities so as to make students and scholars aware about innovations and ideas,” he said.
 Earlier in his welcome address, Director EMMRC Dr Shahid Rasool said “While for liberal societies Web 2.0 may be a non-issue, in conservative societies it is still seen as an onslaught on their culture and morality. Regulating internet or social networking services may not be desirable, non-the-less some self regulatory mechanism has to be in place.”
  An interactive session between the students and the experts was held during the lecture series which was coordinated by Ajaz-ul-Haque producer EMMRC.

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