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The Pakistan Penal Code and Online Content

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In April 2014, Facebook released its second transparency report. This showed that they had complied with a Pakistan government request for restriction of content on the basis of ‘criticism of the state’ in compliance with ‘local law’ (see report here). [See also Facebook Transparency Report: Since When is Criticism of the State Illegal in Pakistan] [...]

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Access Is My Right Survey Report

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In July 2014, Bolo Bhi launched a survey to collate the opinion of Internet users in Pakistan about their experience with their Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The aim of this survey was to gauge the quality of service consumers were getting – what they signed up for versus what they are actually getting. The below [...]

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An Analysis of the Pakistan Protection Act

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The controversial Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, which had elicited an outcry from political parties and rights activists due to its draconian clauses and infringement of constitutional rights, saw the light of day after an amended version was passed by the Senate on July 1, 2014 followed by the National Assembly on July 2, 2014. Met with [...]

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YouTube Ban: Where Do We Stand?

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This week, September 17, 2014, marked the two-year anniversary of YouTube in Pakistan. Banned in 2012, despite extensive court hearings and parliamentary resolutions in favour of lifting the ban, there still are no signs on the horizon of the ban being lifted any time soon. [Read more on NA resolution & Senate Human Rights Functional Committee [...]

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Alliance for Action: Conference Agenda

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Bolo Bhi is hosting a conference in Islamabad. Titled ‘Alliance for Action,’ the conference will bring together people from various professions and organizations to discuss growing censorship and surveillance over the Internet today, and how we can move towards safer and better access. The Conference will be held on July 19, Saturday, between 2-7 PM at Marriott Hotel Islamabad. [...]

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Why Knowing Takes Precedence Over Not Knowing

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On February 12, 2014, Bolo Bhi filed three Freedom of Information requests under the FOI 2002 Ordinance with the Ministry of Information Technology, Pakistan Telecommunications (MOITT). The requests were filed under the Freedom of Information Ordinance (FOI) 2002. Under the Ordinance, the Ministry had 21 days to respond, which it didn’t, following which we proceeded [...]

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June 11, 2014: Representatives of Bolo Bhi and MOITT attend hearing at Federal Ombudsman’s office Re: Internet Surveillance  On February 12, 2014, Bolo Bhi filed Freedom of Information requests, directed at the Ministry of Information Technology, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) and Pakistan Telecommunications Corporation Limited (PTCL).  The requests were filed under the Freedom of Information [...]

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June 3, 2014: Federal Ombudsman Calls Hearing With MOITT On May 18, 2014, Bolo Bhi sent a letter to the Federal Ombudsman stating we found MOITT’s non-provision of information citing Section 8 part e, f and i in response to our FOI requests non-satisfactory. In a letter dated June 3, 2014, the Federal Ombudsman’s office called [...]