The premises of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has witnessed the meeting of the Consumers Rights Protection Committee (CRPC) in its new composition. Then CRPC is headed by H.E. Eng. Hani Mahmoud, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Amr Badawi, NTRA's Executive President.
The Committee discussed the achievements attained during the past two years in addition to the most important issues raised at present in ICT sector, most importantly, the blockage of pornography sites. It is worth mentioning in this respect that Eng. Hani Mahmoud underscored the impossibility of complete blockage of these sites owing to the technical difficulty of this. He stated that there were also dozens of means through which users can penetrate and hack filters that block these sites. In addition, he stressed the fact that the users' awareness of the sites perils that might affect children and teens would be the best way to eliminate those porn sites. Eng. Hani Mahmoud pointed out that ISPs have been offering lately a system (known as, the Internet family)and other free software to block these sites.
The Committee also discussed the best means to have access to the users of telecom services, raise their awareness of various telecom issues and publicize the hotline (155) of NTRA's Call Center through portals of various newspapers and most famous websites and social networks due to the high traffic rate on those portals.
Dr. Amr Badawi highlighted the fact that the CRPC derives its executive leverage from the NTRA's competent authority on the telecommunications market and that the NTRA has been the executive modality to be used by the Committee.
It is worth mentioning that the CRPC is a Committee affiliated to the NTRA and comprises of a group of eminent figures and experts with technological, medical, and legal backgrounds in addition to experts from media sector and representatives of civil society and academia. The Committee aims to ensure the Egyptian user's obtainment of all his rights within ICT sector (most importantly, free competition, affordable prices, high quality of services, and non-monopolistic practices, etc.) In addition, the Disabled should be given great attention as they should be provided with appropriate services, and all foul practices should be eliminated through raising users' awareness of services.