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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 [...]

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Technology Experts Submit Report to the LHC in YouTube Case

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On an order dated March 13, 2014, the divisional bench hearing the ‘YouTube case’ issued directions Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications (MOITT) to meet with four court-appointed technical experts from the private sector, the technical team of PTA and the Ministry to “evolve a joint strategy” to remove objectionable content from YouTube. [...]

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Submission to Court in YouTube Case: May 13, 2014

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Date: May 13, 2014 Writ Petition 958­2013: BytesforAll vs Federation Lahore High Court Submitted to: Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah & Justice Atir Mahmood Honourable Sirs, Below is a summary of the discourse that has taken place in court over the last year, on lifting the ban on YouTube, and input that has been gathered [...]