QIUP WUPID Partners With MIDP For Technical Support

The Co-Founder of the World Universities Peace Invitational Debate, Dr. Saiful Amin Jalun, says that the tournament for this year – QIUP WUPID 2017 is delighted to partner with the Malaysian Institute for Debate and Public Speaking (MIDP) to ensure the seamless tabulation system of the competition.

“MIDP is a leading provider of competitive debating services and we are excited to partner with them especially in the areas of technical support and capacity building.”

“We can leverage their experience to raise the integrity of the competition as well as establish the capacity to organise and tabulate debating competition among members of the Quest International University Perak (QIUP) debate club.”

Don’t Debate If You Haven’t Read This: Why Internet Access Is A Human Right?

Date: Friday 01 June, 2017
Author: Steve Feldstein
Publication: Foreign Affairs

In early May, the Congolese government inked a $5.6 million deal with Mer Group, an Israeli security consulting firm with deep links to the Israeli intelligence services. Mer sells surveillance tools to foreign security forces, and its signature product is a big data analytics system called the Strategic Actionable Intelligence Platform, which allows users to penetrate closed forums and groups, monitor their activities, and run clandestine investigations.

The Congolese government has not explained why it signed the deal. But it seems no coincidence that the country’s embattled president, Joseph Kabila, who is facing a political crisis at home, is suddenly interested in technology that he could easily use against dissidents. After Kabila overstayed his constitutionally mandated term, which expired last December, the country erupted in protest. Only following repeated demonstrations and heavy international pressure did he agree to hold national elections by the end of the year. But there is a strong suspicion that Kabila has no intention of giving up power, at least not without a fight. If that is the case, that fight will most likely involve dividing the opposition, persecuting opponents, and stifling dissent.

Read the rest here.

Sample Debate Motion:

This house would control the export of digital technology that poses potential human rights risks.

Don’t Debate If You Haven’t Read This is a series of selected articles found online that we deem reading essentials prior to WUPID. The collection of sample debate motions from these series will be shared via the Motion Bank.

Don’t Debate If You Haven’t Read This: Facebook Generates Massive Profits – It Can Afford To Protect The Public.

Date: Monday 22 May, 2017
Author: Suzanne Moore
Publication: The Guardian

When Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook Live last year he said: “We built this big technology platform so we can go and support whatever the most personal and emotional and raw and visceral ways people want to communicate are as time goes on.” While for many people Facebook is a place to post endless pictures of perfect holiday moments, for some of its 2 billion users it is a place to live stream murders, rape, torture and suicides. That is about as raw and visceral as it gets. And yet it is just what Facebook, which continually states that it is not a media company, can be used for.

If you ask users to provide unfiltered content, to share their lives with one another, the darkest parts of humanity can be posted. The onus has been on other users to ask for offensive content to be removed. Computer algorithms are not good at identifying irony any more than they can identify a murder in real time and stop it being streamed.

Read the rest here.

Sample Debate Motion:

This house believes that Facebook should graduate from a mere ‘platform’ that captures videos and share them with friends, to building an online community that helps keep us safe.

Don’t Debate If You Haven’t Read This is a series of selected articles found online that we deem reading essentials prior to WUPID. The collection of sample debate motions from these series will be shared via the Motion Bank.

Press Release: WUPID Strikes Back!


Campaign for QIUP WUPID 2017 has kicked off with a bang with the launch of the brand new website, theme and volunteer programme.

The theme of QIUP WUPID 2017 is “Lose Yourself to Debates”, recognising the growing oratory sport, especially among the debating community in Malaysia and the unwavering efforts made by their founders to ensure it’s return.

Daniel Hasni, one of the co-founders of WUPID said: “The region has come a long way in making its mark on the global stage and this is a time for us to once again bring together the most well-read and opinionated young people from various parts of the world to argue the next chapter in our collective journey towards peace, tolerance, and togetherness.”

“With QIUP WUPID 2017 being held at the same year where many expect the general elections will take place, debating will once again be featured in the local political sphere and play a big role in forwarding democracy.”

“That is the greatest value of debating, and how we can invoke them through organising debating activities like WUPID,” he added.

To personify and embody the theme of the championship, the website shall feature a cheat file called ‘Don’t Debate If You Haven’t Read This’. These collection of reading essential will be coupled with possible debate topics that readers would find useful to help them prepare for the upcoming championship. The website will also feature calendar of events that will include other debating competitions and programmes.

Lastly, the adjudication core is the backbone of every successful debate competition. The organisers are currently in talks with a former Malaysian debater and a WUPID alumni to be the Chief Adjudicator of QIUP WUPID 2017. The person will be accompanied with Deputy Chief Adjudicators that will be hailed from the UK, Asia Pacific and North America.

The launch of the website, theme and volunteer programme marks the first of many milestones for QIUP WUPID 2017. It also positions Quest International University, Perak (QIUP) as the title sponsor and host university of the championship, with the world’s top 20 debating universities flexing their oratory muscles at Ipoh come 2017.

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