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‘Mind-reading experiment’ stresses importance of a secured online identity: Digi, CyberSecurity Malaysia

AvantiKumar | Nov. 5, 2015
KLESF 2015: Digi CyberSAFE Internet Safety Social Experiment, and a parent's guide are among online safety initiatives to help raise awareness in young Malaysians.

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Photo - Collating data from a dipstick survey on Social Media Lifestyle and Safety


As part of the drive to heighten online security awareness in Malaysia, Digi Telecommunications (Digi) and CyberSecurity Malaysia have announced a parental guidebook and organised a Digi CyberSAFE Internet Safety Social Experiment, held under the guise of a 'mind-reading' experiment, at the recent Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair (KLESF).

KLESF 2015, an initiative to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among primary and secondary school students in Malaysia, required continued focus on online safety skills, said Philip Ling, Digi's programme manager for Sustainability.

Commenting on the Digi CyberSAFE Internet Safety Social Experiment, held under the pretence of a mind-reading session, Ling said the initiative demonstrated the importance of having secured online identity for all media social platforms.

"While most people want to believe that the Internet is reliable and safe, they are not aware that our personal information can easily be accessed without proper protection of privacy," he said.  "Hence, this social experiment is important to create impact with the public to trigger further awareness on internet risks as Digi believes in empowering stronger digital citizens who are more resilient to online risks."

Digi's Ling said the social experiment used "the gimmick of a futuristic technology that is capable of identifying a participant's memory and thought patterns through technology." During the experiment, the facilitator revealed participants' personal details while experts from CyberSecurity Malaysia combed and searched for their information through their unsecured social media accounts. The social experiment ends with a briefing session on online safety awareness, with an emphasis on how to strengthen and secure their online identity and social media activities.

Lt. Col. Mustaffa Ahmad (Retired), national internet security specialist agency CyberSecurity Malaysia's vice president of Outreach and Capacity Building Division, said: "As Malaysian Internet users continue to be victims of fraud and phishing due to lack of knowledge on cyber security, we would like to perform a reality check through this experiential social experiment, which will be beneficial in creating the much needed awareness on how important it is to have a proper secured online identity."

About 3,000 visitors of KLESF, held end of October 2015 at MINES International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC), also participated in Digi's dipstick survey on social media lifestyle and safety, and other activities that were featured at Digi's booth. The visitors were educated on what cyberbullying, cyberstalking and cybergrooming are through short sketches performed live.

Parents' Guide to Safe Internet Experience

In conjunction with KLESF, Digi together with UNICEF, also launched a parental guide, which includes conversation starters to help parents discuss how to make safe and responsible use of the internet with their children.

The parental guide, available in English, Malay and Chinese, also uses possible online risks using real-life stories, and can be downloaded at digi.com.my/digicybersafe or safeinternet.my

Soraya Bermejo, chief of communications of UNICEF Malaysia, said, "Technological innovation has been advancing in unprecedented ways over the past decade. We believe that digital technology, when used safely can give children and youths the opportunity to make a difference and voice their concerns and opinions. Together with Digi, we hope this guide will be a tool for parents to nurture future digital citizens that use technology positively for social good."

Digi's Ling added: "In the past couple of years, together with our partners, Digi has released a few guidebooks on internet safety to further spread awareness and tips on safe use of the internet for children. It is our hope that with a new approach in this guidebook, it will empower parents to play a more active role in ensuring the safety of their children in the virtual world. This is also part of our efforts to nurture savvy users of the internet from young by equipping them with the fundamental knowledge and tools to stay safe online."

 

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